Web Development - Resolve Anomalies In Testing Environments And On Client Sites By Deleting Or Replacing The localstore.rdf (Netscape Navigator 6.2+, Mozilla 1.0)


When creating your Web application, it's important to have a reliable browser for testing, so you're not spending forever tracking down problems that aren't really in your code. Sometimes settings on a browser can cause it to do unusual things, and there isn't always a obvious way to fix these through the UI. In Gecko-based browsers (Netscape, Mozilla), some key settings for the browser-s behavior are stored in the localstore.rdf. Therefore, if you're experiencing unusual behavior, such as browser windows that open to the size and other odd problems, you can just delete that file, instead of deleting the entire profile and losing all other settings. You can find the localstore.rdf by looking for the path of the Cache under the Advanced option in Preferences, which you may fine under the edit or Netscape menu, depending on your operating system.


The localstore.rdf and other files in that directory may also be good places to look at if a client using Netscape is experiencing problems that you can't duplicate in-house. Try having the client create another profile to see if that fixes the problem. Also, have the client send you his localstore.rdf (or to be safe, that whole directory) to help you duplicate the behavior. Keeping a profile with some weird settings on hand and ready to go for testing may be helpful if you get clients with these types of problems frequently. After all, you know that some clients will manage to have these odd problems, and it's always nice to make sure your application still works for them.

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