[Project_owners] Extension updates: mozdev vs mozilla addons

Matthew Wilson matthew at mjwilson.demon.co.uk
Sun May 14 23:32:50 EDT 2006

Tim Williams wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just published my first firefox extension hosted by mozdev and am 
> unsure about the best practice for providing automatic updates.
> I originally posted my extension on mozdev, complete with an updateURL 
> line in my install.rdf pointing to a custom update file on my mozdev site.
> Since then, I've also published the extension using mozilla addons where 
> i had to remove the updateURL line in order to get addons to publish it 
> for me.
> Should I continue publishing  a mozdev and mozilla addons copy of each 
> version of my extension or stop using the file hosting service provided 
> by mozdev, relying on the automatic update feature of mozilla addons 
> instead?

One of my extensions is pretty niche, so I just have it on mozdev.

The other probably has fractionally more appeal, so I have it jointly on 
mozdev and addons. (Well, actually, I never asked for it to be on 
addons, but someone else obviously did, so I keep it there.) The mozdev 
version gets more frequent updates - I only bother updating addons after 
a mozdev version has been around for a while without problems being 


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