Make custom installed Mozilla Firefox restore tab sessions on Debian GNU / Linux

How to make custom installed Firefox restore tabs on browser close up - firefox restore website windows sessions

As my blog readers might, know I'm running Debian Squeeze on my notebook as a Desktop OS. Until some time I used to be a big fan of Epiphany but lately I started not using Epiphany so much because of its too frequent crashes while browsing a website that contains Flash. The problem of course is not in Epiphany itself but in the flash but still, as this is really disturbing if someone works, I nowdays use only Firefox. I tried for a while to use IceWeasel, but IceWeasel (Firefox) version is too old:

hipo@noah:~$ iceweasel –version
Mozilla Iceweasel 3.5.17, Copyright (c) 1998 – 2011 mozilla.org

Thus I use a custom download binary release from Firefox's website the one distributed as of time of writing post in archive firefox-16.0.2.tar.bz2

One of main advantages of installing the custom binary from Firefox, website is it auto updates and I'm always running the latest Release on myLinux Desktop, something IceWeasel still doesn't.

My current firefox version is:

hipo@noah:/opt/firefox$ /opt/firefox/firefox –version
Mozilla Firefox 16.0.2

All works fine with it, except two little things;

  • One is Firefox development team compiled the Browser to still use OSS and not the newer and used almost by all programs ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) – something that is unfortunately irreversalble
     
  • Secondly  (which is the reason to write this) Firefox Linux version – doesn't by default Restore closed browser open tab websites! – e.g. session restore in those Firefox version is not working.

In Windows Firefox usually asks, while closing the whole browser, if the user wants to Save Browser Session, on the Linux version this is not default behavior, maybe developers have to answer why?

I was not sure if this would work but I went googling about a plugin to make Firefox Restore Sessions and tried installing first query matched FF plugin Session Manager

I was a bit sceptical that this would work

and actually just intalling the plugin didn't changed Firefox to save websites open in tabs on a close. After however I configured the plugin from FF menus:

Tools -> Session Manager -> Session Manager Options Tab restoration in Firefox worked

In below screnshot from Session Manager Options you can see my exact selected settings


Well that's all, finally I can remember what I had my browser before PC shutdown 🙂

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