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mardi 17 janvier 2017

Shell script to record a window into an animated GIF

Part of my work consists of spreading what new features land on Nightly for our Twitter account and sometimes an animated Gif to show how a new feature works or how to activate it easier than trying to squeeze explanations into 140 characters.

Initially I was doing a video screencast and then converting the video into a Gif but I wasn't happy with the quality of the end result and the whole process was time consuming. I ended up searching for a better solution and found out about byzanz-record, a command that allows screencasting directly as a Gif and I think is easier to use for a Linux user than playing with ffmpeg. I ended up tweaking a script I found on Stackoverflow and this is what I use in the end:

Other people using Linux may have similar needs so maybe that will help you guys discover this command.

lundi 6 juin 2016

Launching Firefox Nightly with a temporary profile, from bash

If you are a Firefox Nightly user and you think you have found a bug in Firefox, a regression maybe, then you should wonder if the bug is in Firefox or if your data profile is causing it.

Maybe you changed some setting in about:config? Maybe you have an add-on causing problems? In that case, you might be hesitent to file a bug. Don't be!

Just try to reproduce your bug in a fresh data profile, if you are on Linux or MacOS you can even use this small script that I am using that automates the creation of a temporary user profile, name it, make the file executable with chmod +x and launch the script from your terminal. Done.

Here is below the script I am using to do that, as you can see I put it as a gist on GitHub for easy sharing. If you use it, like it or want to improve it, don't hesitate to contact me (pascal AT mozilla DOT com)!

PS1: Yes, this is blatant self-plagiarism of a post I wrote in French in 2010 ;)

PS2: This script comes with no guarantee, it has been working for me on Ubuntu for years, it might not work at all for you.