Add Engines... not working with Firefox

The Firefox package included with Fedora Core does not allow non-root users to add new search engines to the Web Search bar in the upper-right hand corner of the browser. This is because the searchplugins directory is only writable by root.

ls -ld $(rpm -ql firefox | grep searchplugins | head -n1)
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 Nov 13 20:52 /usr/lib/firefox-1.0/searchplugins

To be able to Add Engines..., make this directory writable by your user or group; it is a good practice never to make a directory world-writable.

# chown hutch /usr/lib/firefox-1.0/searchplugins

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Last modified: 01/14/2005