I've just upgraded to Firefox 3, and as one might expect I'm pretty wrapped. The transition from 2 to 3 however (I use the portable version and thus had to manually reload Firefox), something came to my attention that i was not aware of prior to the transition. I have quite a few 'livemarks' (firefox rss subscriptions) and I've noticed how often they actually update. I'll be lucky if i get around to checking my feeds once a week, though apparently they update every 15 minutes
. Unfortunately Firefox provides no mechanism to prevent this process from ocurring. You can lengthen/shorten the delay between updates via the hidden preference 'browser.bookmarks.livemark_refresh_seconds', but it cannot be disable entirely. I've found Reliby
which I can use to manually update the feeds when I'd like to peruse them.
I believe i have found the location where this process is initiated: line 917 in browser.js
setTimeout(function() PlacesUtils.livemarks.start(), 5000);
for those familiar with Firefox's guts, though I've been unable to find the location of this function (it does not appear to be in utils.js as one might expect). Unfortunately, were i to simply delete this line, i would be forced to continue doing so each time the browser was updated. I am hoping someone here is familiar enough with Firefox's inner workings to perhaps attempt creation of an addon to prevent the automatic feed updating process. I have read a handful of documents on the subject, prior to which i considered myself a coder, but now i'm not so certain
Anyway, if anyone were able to get me any closer to accomplishing my goal, i would very much appreciate it.