Widespread Firefox issues

Royce Williams royce at techsolvency.com
Sat May 4 21:44:19 UTC 2019

On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 8:02 AM Royce Williams <royce at techsolvency.com>

> On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 7:40 AM Royce Williams <royce at techsolvency.com>
> wrote:
>> On Sat, May 4, 2019 at 7:32 AM Keith Medcalf <kmedcalf at dessus.com> wrote:
>>> I will stick to the "clearly false" since it is now well to the point
>>> where we are in 2019-05-04 (even in local UT1, let alone UTC), studies are
>>> disabled (and have been since forever), no studies have been loaded, and my
>>> extensions still work quite fine, thank-you.  Attempting to install a "new"
>>> extension fails with a "bad signature" error.
>> Here's something interesting - a few times now, I've told Firefox to
>> enable Studies and then restarted ... but the Studies setting reverted to
>> being unchecked.
>> Maybe one of my other paranoia-enabling extensions is toggling it off ...
>> but if so, I haven't found it yet. Still investigating.
> Even stranger, I can manually toggle 'app.shield.optoutstudies.enabled' in
> about:config ... and *that* persists across reboots ... but Studies *still*
> aren't enabled (the about:preferences item is still unchecked, and the
> "about:studies" area still indicates that they're disabled).
> There's definitely something weird about enabling/disabling studies.
> FWIW, this is 64-bit 66.0.3 on Ubuntu, and it's an instance of Firefox
> that had studies disabled before this issue emerged. On a very similar
> setup, but one with a vanilla Firefox install that already had Studies
> enabled, I can't recreate this symptom - even if I turn Studies off (either
> using the GUI or with the about:config item).

Multiple people have replied offthread that they have the same symptom.

This workaround worked for me:


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