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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Put some fire under the Fox Reply with quote

Found this off the web,being a speed freak had to try it so it out seem to really work for me...

1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. Alter the entries as follows (select an entry, right click and select "Toggle"):

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

The author suggests then to add a new preference in order to shorten to zero the delay time, but there's another cleaner way so to do, namely:

1) find the file firefox.js (should live in /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/defaults/prefs

2) Open with gedit

3) Find the line "pref("browser.turbo.enabled", false) and change the value to "true"

4) Save and restart Firefox. It literally flies!

For the sake of good order, the tricks above work with a broadband connection i.e. a *dsl. I don't know whether effective with a 56k modem, but I suppose it shouldn't harm.

PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, seems to work!

1) find the file firefox.js (should live in /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/defaults/prefs

on my box it was the file 'browser-prefs.js' in /usr/lib/mozilla-1.7.3/defaults/pref - in case anyone else can't find the file.

anyway, cheers for the tip slick.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw this posted at the end of last year. Sure it works but a lot of people got pissy because it is going to end up "raping the servers" as it was put if everyone does it. I don't know how true it is nor will most people care but I thought it was worth mentioning.Also check these notes from one of the Mozilla members.


One last note is that I thought it was stated long ago in an RFC that 2 requuests per page was the maximum. So maybe if server usage gets too high people might start getting banned by some servers.

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