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Opening URLs in Moz Firefox

Does anyone else have problems sending commands to a running instance of Mozilla Firefox?
I want Thunderbird to open links in new Firefox tabs but the following command fails:

$ mozilla -remote "openurl(http://www.mozilla.org, new-tab)"
Failed to send command.
$

If I don’t include a URL then a dialog pops up asking for one but that’s hardly what I want to happen. Google hasn’t been too helpful, but maybe someone reading this has come across this already!

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Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

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This script seems to work nicely for me.


#!/bin/sh
export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/MozillaFirefox/"

url="$1"
if [ "x$url" = "x" ]; then
url="about:blank"
fi

if $MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME/mozilla-xremote-client openURL\("$url",new-tab\); then
exit 0
fi
exec $MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME/firefox "$url"

The only problem I have is that it opens a locally cached copy (file://cache.file.name) instead of the actual URL. This is annoying because any links that aren’t absolutely linked don’t work. I’m still searching for an answer to that one.

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