Remember that unbelievably short-sighted Mozilla Firefox cookie issue? The one wherein it only remembers the last 300 cookies, forcing you to log back into your bank sites, news sites, email sites, and the like if you do anything but the most lethargic web surfing? Well, despite the bug getting fixed and checked into the Mozilla source code tree back in April, it looks like Firefox 0.9 (which was released this past week) doesn’t incorporate the fix. (That last link is to a chart which traces the revisions of the source code file that manages the cookie issue; the fix was introduced in version 1.25, and as you can see, almost every major revision of the Mozilla browser branches off back at version 1.22.)

I was wondering why, after a two-month respite, I was being forced to log back into my bank site every few days again. That just sucks.


You may feel that it just “sucks” but software engineers understand the difficulties involved in branching. You get the good with the bad. Obviously in this particular case the problem was not fixed and a bug report must be issued. That’s life.


• Posted by: ID on Jun 21, 2004, 1:15 AM

I’m not so sure that a bug report needs to be issued; they’re well-aware of the bug, they just didn’t incorporate the fix into any Mozilla-based browser except the most bleeding-edge 1.8 alpha.

Or am I wrong in assuming that future Firefox versions aren’t going to rely on the older v1.22 of the cookie code, but rather will branch off somewhere at or after the current v1.31?

• Posted by: Jason on Jun 21, 2004, 6:59 AM

Well, I may have spoken too soon, as it appears that the branch on which 0.9 is based will be the branch on which 1.0 is based.

Odd, and sad, since while I wish the cookie-handling code that makes Firefox nearly unusable for me was going to make it into the final product, I also imagine that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of other bugs that have been fixed but that won’t have those fixes integrated into the final product.

• Posted by: Jason on Jun 21, 2004, 7:14 AM

mozilla hates my articles too! i’ve been avoiding firefox upgrades since adobe acrobat 6.0 was released and causes such problems. i’m constantly reading pdf files. no firefox versions handle them well with 6.0, but .7 seens to do the best. if i could hope for one upgrade, fixing acrobat compatibility would be it.

• Posted by: holly on Jun 22, 2004, 1:58 AM

Hey guys,
I am trying to track down how/where to download V1.25 of Mozilla. Any clues from the savvy?
Cheers, Denis

• Posted by: Denisimo on Jul 11, 2004, 7:24 AM
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