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Eliminating pluginreg.dat & Mozilla folder on local machine

Hi, I just started using PFF and it's great. Hopefully someone can help me

I wish to avoid the known issue mentioned in the README file, which states:
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LOCAL FILES CREATED - A directory (%userprofile%\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox) is created on the local machine (if Firefox is not installed locally) and a pluginreg.dat file is created within it. This is a limitation of Firefox itself. If you set the UserProfile directory within the INI file, this will not happen.
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Which INI file are we talking about here? I assumed the PortableFirefox.ini file is being referenced, and I changed this line from

UserProfileDirectory=userprofile

to

UserProfileDirectory=profile

thinking it would redirect the placement of this folder and file to the folder on my memory card. I wish to leave nothing on the local machine after closing PFF. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks.

John T. Haller
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Read the whole readme

the ini should be in the same directory as the exe and the userprofile directory must exist

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Which ini? Which Directory?

the ini should be in the same directory as the exe and the userprofile directory must exist

*Which* ini? Are you talking about PortableFirefox.ini? I unzipped PFF and this file was not in the same directory as PortableFirefox.exe (it was in a directory called PortableFirefoxCode but I have since moved it to the same directory).

Do I create a directory within the same folder as the executable called userprofile?

I did both of these things and neither of these actions has stopped the Mozilla folder from being created on my local computer.

Thanks.

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Read. The. Readme.

It says everything you need.

It's in the PortableFirefoxCode directory along with a sample INI.

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Still. Not. Working.

John--

I read the readme from beginning to end. I deleted the Mozilla file from the local computer.

Here is my setup:

G:\portable windows apps\PortableFirefox\

Within this folder, I have PortableFirefox.exe and PortableFirefox.ini. I also have folders titled:

- appdata
- firefox
- plugins
- PortableFirefoxCode
- profile
- userprofile

Here are the contents of PortableFirefox.ini:

[PortableFirefox]
FirefoxDirectory=firefox
ProfileDirectory=profile
PluginsDirectory=plugins
UserProfileDirectory=userprofile
AdditionalParameters=
AllowMultipleInstances=false
SkipChromeFix=false
SkipCompregFix=false
WaitForFirefox=false
FirefoxExecutable=firefox.exe
DisableSplashScreen=false

When I double-click on on G:\...\PortableFirefox.exe, the program opens. When I am finished surfing, I close the program.

There now is a Mozilla folder containing the Firefox folder and pluginreg.dat created on the local computer at:

C:\Documents and Settings\doogie\Application Data

I appreciate your patience, but it is unclear to me what I have done wrong.

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What's in userprofile?

What's in userprofile? Anything at all?

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Nothing at all. I also

Nothing at all.

I also tried copying the /Mozilla/Firefox directory that was created on the local computer to the portable version's userprofile directory, but that didn't help.

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Should there be something in

Should there be something in that folder?

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Ditch the INI

Just be sure there's a userprofile directory and it'll work.

Just be sure to note the side effects of doing this.

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Still creating Mozilla folder

John, I deleted the INI file as suggested.

A Mozilla folder is still generated on the local computer, though there are no files inside.

I don't really find this objectionable, but it would be nice if there was no trace of the portable application. Any other ideas?

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Sorry kid

No matter what I've tried, I simply can't reproduce what you're seeing. When mine has the userprofile within it here, nothing is created on the local drive. There's nothing I can do to help you further.

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John, I just want to let you know

That I to have the Mozilla\firefox\Pluginsreg.dat created in the C:\Documents and settings\%Useranme%\Application Data\ folder. I have the .INI file in the root of protable firefox with the executable and it is set as written.

I just use a batch file to delete it and it is gone. I just wanted you to know, so you don't think is just him that has it. No prob with it here though Smile

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John...

Perhaps a good idea for the next version of PFF launcher would be to delete the local folder after Firefox quits (assuming WaitForFirefox was set to true); however, you'd have to determine if a local copy of Firefox was installed first... hmm, nevermind. That would be a nightmare to program.

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