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FS#60075 - [firefox] Build Firefox with gpsd location provider support (--enable-gpsd)

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Karl (carlos22) - Sunday, 16 September 2018, 10:01 GMT
Last edited by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 15:35 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Extra
Status Assigned
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 2
Private No


Firefox 50+ has support for gpsd, see
That would allow users with a GPS device to use the provided GPS data for the Geolocation API within the browser - not by default (in stable release builds), but only after explicitly setting 'geo.location.use_gpsd' to 'true' in about:config. Which is a good thing, as no defaults change.

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Comment by mattia (nTia89) - Sunday, 19 September 2021, 08:15 GMT
Is this issue still valid?

I am not able to find any resource about `geo.location.use_gpsd` setting...
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Sunday, 19 September 2021, 14:48 GMT
It probably is (the code still exists), but no other distribution is doing this. Also, building in gpsd support enables it by default thus preventing the use of a WiFi-based location.
Comment by mattia (nTia89) - Sunday, 19 September 2021, 16:11 GMT
Reading your comment make understand that cannot be enabled because people that does not have a GPS-connected PC is much more than others,
thus I am of the opinion to close this three years old issue.

More, I cannot find an official resource about it,
Plus, stable FF does not have `geo.location.use_gpsd`,
Finally, I was aware other services (such as geoclue) were in charge of this duty.