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    Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    I tried to install a browser/ e-mail extension to a relative's Mozilla. It keeps saying it's unable to run the .xpi file. I can't find any setting that might enable this feature. How is it done?

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    I've had this before, but can't for the life of me remember what it was. From what I've read, I believe some extensions can have errors in them which cause them to fail, but they should install from the web directly into FireFox. An alternative I came across was to download them, then drag them into FF.

    Can you install other extensions?
    Is it compatible with the version of FF you are running?
    Are you logged in with Admin privileges?

    <img src=/S/whisper.gif border=0 alt=whisper width=29 height=17> You're not trying to install them while running IE, are you? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    I recommend that your relative installs SeaMonkey. The Mozilla Suite has been discontinued and is now vulnerable to some security issues, SeaMonkey is the successor to the Mozilla Suite.

    To install the extension you can drag the .xpi file into a SeaMonkey/Mozilla Suite window which should then prompt you to install the extension.

    Software Installation needs to be enabled, select:
    Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Software Installation

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    Is the extension old enough to have been written to work with the Mozilla suite? There were big interface changes around the time of Firefox 1.5 that might make backwards compatibility problematic.

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    Thanks to all for the info so far. I tried drag/drop of the XPI but still got the message: "install script not found".

    The add-on I'm trying is EverNote Web Clipper :: Firefox Add-ons, also detailed here: EverNote - EverNote Web : Mail Clippers. Perhaps I (naively) assumed it would work with Moz suite as well. But I will check those prefs and see how I go. I'll prolly be back!

    Alan

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    I've checked the install file for that extension and it only works with Firefox and Thunderbird.

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    Thanks Tony. That solves that one! He uses Moz at the recommendation of the university he's associated with... for their mail servers, site(s) or something like that. Would he be better off going to some other Moz-type solution - FF & TB perhaps?

    Alan

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    Re: Run .xpi (Moz 1.7.13)

    He would be better off either switching to SeaMonkey, the replacement for the Mozilla Suite, or using Firefox and Thunderbird.

    The last version of the Mozilla Suite was released over 1 year ago and is now vulnerable to several security issues. If he likes the Mozilla Suite then SeaMonkey is the way to go. Another advantage of using SeaMonkey is if you find a Firefox extension that you want to use with SeaMonkey then make a request in this Mozillazine thread and somebody may be able to make it compatible with SeaMonkey, or you can try doing it yourself.

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