[webkit-dev] Safari Win and plugins directory

David D. Kilzer ddkilzer at kilzer.net
Wed Jun 13 09:43:09 PDT 2007

Safari probably works this way because the average user shouldn't have to
install three copies of the same plug-in for MSIE, Firefox, and Safari.  :)

I'm not sure if there is a way to install a plug-in for just one browser,
though.  Others on the list may have an idea of how to do this.

If they're just DLLs, you might be able to get away with copying them into the
executable's directory so that they're picked up before any system-wide DLLs,
but I am not a Windows expert (IANAWE :).


lewis francis <lewis at lewisfrancis.com> wrote:

> It appears that Safari Win seeks out and uses plug-ins from other browser
> installations (I haven't yet pulled a Win nightly to see if it does the
> same; assuming it does).
> One impact on web developer/testers/support is, for instance, If you need to
> test Flash degradation, you'll have to remove your Flash Netscape-style
> plug-ins from all your installed browsers' plugins directories.
> Can someone outline the operational logic behind this behavior? Does it
> follow an order when looking for specific installations, say, alphabetically
> Firefox then Mozilla then Netscape?
> I may have different versions of a given plug-in in different browser
> installations to ease testing and it would help if I knew Safari Win's
> plug-in loading logic.
> Thanks much.
> -Lewis
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