FS#59992 - [firefox] Disable gconf support

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Balló György (City-busz) - Sunday, 09 September 2018, 05:33 GMT
Last edited by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Saturday, 22 September 2018, 03:11 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No


Please build Firefox with '--disable-gconf' option, and remove gconf from makedepends. It was used to read some configuration from GNOME, but since GNOME uses GSettings a long time ago, this feature is useless.
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Closed by  Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Saturday, 22 September 2018, 03:11 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  62.0.2-1
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Sunday, 09 September 2018, 06:08 GMT
From quickly grepping the code, I see two places where it is used:

- to check whether or not accessibility is turned on
- to get the information about mimetype handlers

In the case of the former, it prefers the result of querying dbus for org.a11y.Status IsEnabled

In the case of the latter, it seems to try to use gsettings and gio first, then use gconf if those are unavailable.


The feature seems to be worse than useless -- it is not even used!
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Sunday, 09 September 2018, 11:38 GMT
It's also used to look up proxy settings, preferring GSettings.

It's also used in the crashreporter to look up proxy settings; that code has no fallback.

I'll try in in firefox-nightly first.