Except of using |firefox-bin -safe-mode| from the CL, we don't provide any easy way to start the application in Safe Mode on OS X. In SeaMonkey, pressing the option key during startup opens the Profile Manager, it would be nice to morph the same gesture to safe-mode in Toolkit apps.
Nominating for 1.8, now that Safe Mode does something useful (bug 304403).
Created attachment 198784 [details] [diff] [review] patch
*** Bug 291223 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
trunk: Checking in nsAppRunner.cpp; /cvsroot/mozilla/toolkit/xre/nsAppRunner.cpp,v <-- nsAppRunner.cpp new revision: 1.120; previous revision: 1.119 done Checking in nsCommandLineServiceMac.cpp; /cvsroot/mozilla/toolkit/xre/nsCommandLineServiceMac.cpp,v <-- nsCommandLineServiceMac.cpp new revision: 1.4; previous revision: 1.3 don
12 years ago
Why don't we support this modifier key cross-platform? It'd be nice if there were a design doc on this safe mode UI.
I don't think that an option key is expected or useful to win/linux users, who have start menu shortcuts and easy access to commandline flags.
While an option key modifier doesn't make sense, adding a "Open in Safe Mode" to the context menu of the Firefox shortcut does. I think that's possible to do when the shortcut is a system shortcut or somesuch, like the "Internet" one that we overlay in the Start Menu.
The option/alt key might not make sense, but shift is the de facto universal "c'mon, gimme a break" key.
(In reply to comment #5) > Why don't we support this modifier key cross-platform? +1 Though win/linux users have other (relatively easy) ways to get into safe-mode I don't see how adding this to other platforms would hurt. User support would be easier - explaining how to get into this "safe-mode" is often hard enough.
According to http://developer.apple.com/documentation/Carbon/Conceptual/Carbon_Event_Manager/ Tasks/chapter_3_section_7.html GetCurrentKeyModifiers() will read modifier keys even if the application is in the background. This means a user switching to another app during launch may inadvertently trigger safe mode. Apple recommends calling GetCurrentEventKeyModifiers() instead.
12 years ago
https://litmus.mozilla.org/show_test.cgi?id=5394 added to Litmus.