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LJlogin 2.2.1 is Firefox 8 (and 9! and 10!) compatible
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
So, I don't know just how long this little bundle of joy has been around. I suspect long enough that I should feel like an idiot for not picking up on it before tonight. Anyway, the upshot of it is that since my testing indicates that Firefox 8 didn't change anything from 7 that I needed to care about, I could bump maxVersion in updates.rdf, and boom! Magic happens, everyone's browsers register the current version of LJlogin as compatible with FF8, everyone's happy. No new release necessary.

Share and Enjoy, folks. If only all the wins were that easy.

Note: If you'd already upgraded to Firefox 8 and had LJlogin declared disabled before I made that updates.rdf change, then go into the Add-Ons Manager, click on the gear icon, and Check for Updates. Firefox should then allow you to enable LJlogin.

Edit 27 Dec 2011: Tested and updated to also be compatible with 9.x, which Mozilla surprise-released last week.

Further Edit 31 Jan 2012: Firefox 10 just came out. It has a new concept of extensions being Compatible By Default, so is now only really checks maxVersion if you specify strict compatibility (which I don't; I don't even know if that was a thing before now or if I'd have to add it) or under certain specialty situations I don't fall under. Just in case, I just bumped maxVersion in updates.rdf, but even without that, you should be able to keep on trucking. Share and Enjoy!

Well, that was exciting.
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
So, for those of you previously unaware, LJ first made a change to their authentication cookie handling that broke LJlogin, and today they've made another change that fixes the problems that the first changed caused, as well as some other unrelated problems. So now everything's all fine again, and LJlogin is back in operation.

My thanks to LJ for cleaning up their mess in a way that didn't require me to actually make any code changes on my end, as I was continuing to have trouble finding the time to get much of anything done. Further more specific thanks to markf over in LJ-land for keeping me up-to-date on what was going on with sorting out the situation after the initial outcry had passed.

Since this is kind of a non-news item, I'm disabling comments for this post to spare my inbox.

LJlogin 2.2.1 release
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
Firefox 7.x came out earlier this week -- and if any Firefox developers are reading this, I beg you to stop the rapid release cycle madness -- and now so is LJlogin 2.2.1. "Check for Updates" in the Add-ons Manager should work just fine, but failing that, there's the link.

The only change in this version is another maxVersion bump.

And now, the semi-traditional list of links and other information for problems that might crop up that should go on the website one of these days; please try these first, especially if you're using Windows:
  • If you're in Firefox 4 or newer and you don't see the bar at the bottom with the LJlogin stuff, go to View → Toolbars and check on the Add-on Bar.
  • Having trouble getting LJlogin to log you in, even if it works just fine from LJ's website? Try going into the Privacy tab of the browser Preferences and making sure third-party cookies are enabled.
  • The New Profile Dance -- This is pretty much the general-purpose "LJlogin mysteriously stopped working" fix, especially for Windows users whose profiles get messed up remarkably often for no reason I've ever been able to figure out.
  • Password Exporter extension, which is useful for doing clean exports/imports of your passwords, for times when copying the password database files doesn't work because the files themselves are messed up somehow.
  • Why LJlogin logins don't work with ScrapBook.
Share and Enjoy!

405 Not Allowed Errors
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
Yes, hi, hello. As many of you have noted, trying to use LJlogin with LiveJournal is currently returning 405 Not Allowed errors.

(oh god my inbox please think of my inbox)

Given the particular error message, the fact that everyone's started getting it at once -- myself included -- and that LJlogin continues to work just fine with other sites, I think it's safe to say that the problem is some unknown change on LiveJournal's end. If you'd like to file a support request with LJ asking them what they've done, that'd be cool, but there's not really much of anything I can do about it, sorry.

(I also apologize if this post seems brusque at all, but this wasn't the best of days to suddenly get an inbox full of a problem I can't fix upon returning from post-work afk.)

LJlogin 2.2.0 release
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
I was going to have this out last weekend, but my attempt to release via AMO was something of a frustrating failure. (There's no way in hell my code's going to pass the review described in the submission process anytime short of the mythical LJl3 rewrite. So many things I totally recognize will get me flagged and denied, all my own fault.)

However! In the course of setting back up for manual releases, I found the step that I'd forgotten the last several times that was messing up the update process. So LJlogin 2.2.0 is now out, but you should also be able to use "Check for Updates" in the Add-ons Manager to get the update, this time for sure. (Presto!)

(Though, that said, thanks to Hurricane Irene knocking out power to the house containing the machine that provides DNS for GweepNet, the site and its contents may only be available during the hours that its owner is running his generator. Please be patient.)

As with 2.1.6, the only change in this version is a maxVersion bump to declare Firefox 6.x compatibility. Unfortunately, I don't really have much to say about future Firefox versions until they come out, aside from some choice words about their adopting Chrome-style crazy fast release cycles. I'll keep updating as they release, albeit possibly with a delay similar to this one. I do still really hope to get the 3.x rewrite done one of these days on top of that, but I'm one guy with a busy day job, so again, please be patient.

And now, the semi-traditional list of links and other information for problems that might crop up that should go on the website one of these days; please try these first, especially if you're using Windows:
  • If you're in Firefox 4 or newer and you don't see the bar at the bottom with the LJlogin stuff, go to View → Toolbars and check on the Add-on Bar.
  • Having trouble getting LJlogin to log you in, even if it works just fine from LJ's website? Try going into the Privacy tab of the browser Preferences and making sure third-party cookies are enabled.
  • The New Profile Dance -- This is pretty much the general-purpose "LJlogin mysteriously stopped working" fix, especially for Windows users whose profiles get messed up remarkably often for no reason I've ever been able to figure out.
  • Password Exporter extension, which is useful for doing clean exports/imports of your passwords, for times when copying the password database files doesn't work because the files themselves are messed up somehow.
  • Why LJlogin logins don't work with ScrapBook.
Share and Enjoy!

LJlogin 2.1.6 release
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
Well, it's done. I still can't get the auto-update thing to work right, even though I could've sworn I did everything per instructions. I may well end up finally signing up with AMO and putting the releases over there next time. In any case, here it is LJlogin 2.1.6, for your upgrading pleasure. No functional changes, this time around. This is strictly a maxVersion bump so it works with Firefox 5.x.

And now, the semi-traditional list of links and other information for problems that might crop up that should go on the website one of these days; please try these first, especially if you're using Windows:
  • If you're in Firefox 4 or 5 and you don't see the bar at the bottom with the LJlogin stuff, go to View → Toolbars and check on the Add-on Bar.
  • Having trouble getting LJlogin to log you in, even if it works just fine from LJ's website? Try going into the Privacy tab of the browser Preferences and making sure third-party cookies are enabled.
  • The New Profile Dance -- This is pretty much the general-purpose "LJlogin mysteriously stopped working" fix, especially for Windows users whose profiles get messed up remarkably often for no reason I've ever been able to figure out.
  • Password Exporter extension, which is useful for doing clean exports/imports of your passwords, for times when copying the password database files doesn't work because the files themselves are messed up somehow.
  • Why LJlogin logins don't work with ScrapBook.
Share and Enjoy!

Firefox 5.0 out; no LJlogin update yet
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
So, as many of you have noted, Firefox 5.0 suddenly came out this past week. That is, at least, it was a total surprise to me. This was also possibly the worst possible week for them to do it, with the possible exception of the week coming up. Work has been grinding me down to the ground, and even though I did at least take a quick peek and figure out that it'll basically be just a version bump, I'm not going to have time and mental bandwidth to go through the process until next weekend at the earliest.

But! All hope is not lost. With my sincerest thanks to deadlydelicacy, a workaround has been found! A number of people have already reported success in using it, so you should be able to do so as well for now until I get 2.1.6 out.

And now, the semi-traditional list of links and other information for problems that might crop up that should go on the website one of these days; please try these first, especially if you're using Windows:
  • Having trouble getting LJlogin to log you in, even if it works just fine from LJ's website? Try going into the Privacy tab of the browser Preferences and making sure third-party cookies are enabled.
  • The New Profile Dance -- This is pretty much the general-purpose "LJlogin mysteriously stopped working" fix, especially for Windows users whose profiles get messed up remarkably often for no reason I've ever been able to figure out.
  • Password Exporter extension, which is useful for doing clean exports/imports of your passwords, for times when copying the password database files doesn't work because the files themselves are messed up somehow.
  • Why LJlogin logins don't work with ScrapBook.
Share and Enjoy!

LJlogin 2.1.5 release
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
Okay, technically, this isn't quite as complete as I'd like it to be, but I'm going to take advantage of current Firefox 4 providing a shim for extensions that still use the old status bar just to get this release out of the door, and work on one that properly uses the new Add-On Bar in a subsequent release. Thus, I'm now declaring LJlogin 2.1.5 to be officially released. It is likely that trying to get the browser to do the update itself will get you an "invalid file hash" complaint. I've seen indications that this is a Firefox 3 bug. In any case, if you get that problem, use the direct link; it should do the job just fine.

(I am, in fact, writing this post in Firefox 4 with LJlogin 2.1.5. FF4's a zippy little thing, seems like.)

(Also, if you're in Firefox 4 and you don't see the bar at the bottom with the LJlogin stuff, go to View → Toolbars and check on the Add-on Bar.)

In addition to what I'm calling preliminary FF4 support, 2.1.5 also has an update for the Scribbld site, reflecting its new (well, "new;" it's been that way for a while) URL, and fixes a couple of issues with session cookies and with the Login Manager.

And now, the semi-traditional list of links and other information for problems that might crop up that should go on the website one of these days; please try these first, especially if you're using Windows:
  • Having trouble getting LJlogin to log you in, even if it works just fine from LJ's website? Try going into the Privacy tab of the browser Preferences and making sure third-party cookies are enabled.
  • The New Profile Dance -- This is pretty much the general-purpose "LJlogin mysteriously stopped working" fix, especially for Windows users whose profiles get messed up remarkably often for no reason I've ever been able to figure out.
  • Password Exporter extension, which is useful for doing clean exports/imports of your passwords, for times when copying the password database files doesn't work because the files themselves are messed up somehow.
  • Why LJlogin logins don't work with ScrapBook.
Share and Enjoy!

FF4-compatible LJlogin: Coming... uh, soon! Oops.
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
So, much to my surprise, Firefox 4 finally made its official release today. I had expected to hear at least a little advance warning, but I guess not. Whoops! I'd made a start on updating LJlogin for FF4 a while back, but the lack of available information about some of the changes took the wind out of my sails and I'd put off working on it.

Thankfully, there's more information for at least the big issue I'd found, so now that my back's against the wall and I'm stuck waiting to upgrade until I get this thing done, I should be able to get back to it. I still can't really cite a timeframe yet, but rest assured that it is now being worked on again.

In the meantime, frozen_solid has unexpectedly taken some initiative. Neither he nor I offer any guarantees, and there may be some glitches, but it might possibly serve as a temporary stop-gap measure until I can finish the new version. My thanks to him for his efforts.

Mysterious LJ Client Interface Outage
Slaarti The Hutt
slarti
So, I just got a huge thread of comments to the previous comm post, all reporting that LJlogin suddenly isn't working anymore. Alas, I can confirm it: It's not working for me, either. As several others have speculated, I suspect that when the LJ crew made some update to their code, they either changed or broke the client interface. I haven't dug up the root of the changes yet, so until LJ either fixes it or tells us how it's supposed to work now, I can't offer any estimates on my ability to make LJlogin work again or how long it'll take to do so.

Everyone cross their fingers that this is just a temporary mistake, and that they'll get it fixed quickly.

EDIT: As the link in the first comment to this post shows, LJ is aware of the problem with client authentication as well as the other notification-related problems other people have been seeing. Also, there are reports that it's working again, so hooray for that.

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