Thursday, November 16, 2017

Firefox 57 and lost some shortcuts on mac

There was an old plugin called Customizeable Shortcuts that hadn't been updated for while and was not usable with Firefox 57. I was using it to remap the 'search location bar' shortcut.

Since I already use karabiner to remap some modifier keys for macos, it might be able to use it instead of waiting for a new firefox shortcut addon.

Note: If you're confused by the left_option/left_command it's cause I've first remap left_command to left_option.

1) Have a look at some of the examples for karabiner shortcuts

2) Create a json and take note of the path

  "title": "Firefox command-d search location",
  "rules": [
      "description": "command-d search location",
      "manipulators": [
          "type": "basic",
          "from": {
              "key_code": "d",
              "modifiers": {
                  "mandatory": ["left_option"],
                  "optional": ["any"]
          "to": [
                "key_code": "l",
                "modifiers": [
          "conditions": [
              "type": "frontmost_application_if",
              "bundle_identifiers": [

I saved this to my desktop with the name firefox-command-d.json

What is going on? frontmost_application_if only runs the above shortcuts if it's the app focused.
bundle_identifiers is your app id that you can find in the plist.

3) Now run enter this in the url bar in firefox: karabiner://karabiner/assets/complex_modifications/import?url=file:///Users//Desktop/firefox-command-d.json

Enable this and you have your remap.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Blurry Font in Firefox after updating to Linux Fedora 25

I recently did a clean update of fedora and found the font to render quite blurry.

What I found out:

1) gnome-tweak-tool font settings do not work. At the time of the post any of the font settings did not make a difference.

2) You may start trying to use font-tweak-tool or font-manager. Be aware that these may create font config files in your ~/ or in ~/.config

These may need to be deleted so that your gnome settings take precedence.

Note: I've installed microsoft and ubuntu fonts for linux.

So what's the fix?

a) Go to Settings > Fonts and change the settings here to Anti Aliasing: rgba and Hinting: full

At this point your terminal should look good.

b) For me, firefox and sublime text had bad looking fonts.

There's a directory in /etc/fonts/conf.d that controls some additional font rendering. It's odd that there's no GUI to modify this directly.

sudo ln -s  /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/10-hinting-full.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/
sudo rm  /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/10-hinting-slight.conf

Log out and Log back in and things should be clearer.