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3. Installation > 29. Remotely Manage User Configurations

Remotely Manage User Configurations

Make sure all users in an enterprise have a uniform set of configured preferences.

This hack shows how to take configuration control away from the Firefox user. Firefox provides a little support for locking preference files. It provides no support for other parts of the profile. This means that most parts of the profile must be managed with filesystem access controls, such as ownership and read/write permissions. This is something of a problem if you require extensive configuration control.

On the plus side, the two configuration features described later in this hack, ReadConfig and AutoConfig, apply to Netscape 4.x-7.x and all these Mozilla-based products: Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox, Thunderbird, Camino, and probably a few others as well. They can be used to manage all these products from one central point. The two features are sometimes collectively called autoconfig.


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