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Firefox idiocy

2007-11-28 17:02:10.359999+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Argh. Went to print a bunch of images yesterday evening, CUPS misbehaved (big surprise there...) and I couldn't find the appropriate printer queue from the Gnome GUI, so I popped up Firefox, pointed it at port 631, and got:

This address is restricted: This address uses a network port which is normally used for purposes other than Web browsing. Firefox has canceled the request for your protection.

The Purple Dropbear has the rant I'd have written about the stupidities of this had I not found the solution to this issue in that rant, so I'll just repeat his step-by-step solution to this idiocy here:

  • Go to about:config in your Firefox browser.
  • Right click somewhere, and choose "New => String"
  • In the setting Name box type "network.security.ports.banned.override"
  • In the Setting Value box, type "1-65535". Yep, that's all of 'em
  • Click OK

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-28 22:26:11.152635+00 by: meuon

Thanks, I hadn't had the problem, yet, but often end up needing to communicate with things on odd-ball ports.

I understand the need for an idiot-proofing feature, but they are a real pain to the clueful.