Some users need a way to easily restart the browser (was: Re: Intent to unship Developer Toolbar (aka GCLI))

Gijs Kruitbosch gijskruitbosch at
Tue Mar 27 18:17:25 UTC 2018

Yes, there's a File > Restart (cmd-alt-r shortcut on mac, ctrl-alt-r 
elsewhere) for local builds ( ). 
It's not present for regular nightly builds, but even if we did that it 
apparently wouldn't help Bruno who just commented that he's using 
release. We couldn't ship this to release because ctrl-alt shortcuts 
don't work well for keyboard layouts that use AltGr on Windows for some 
characters, and because it ought to be useless for most users.

I'm still interested to know why people feel they need this on release 
(ie not for QA / development).

~ Gijs

On 27/03/2018 19:11, Felipe G wrote:
> Wasn't a developer-only keyboard shortcut introduced recently to 
> restart Firefox?  (or something along these lines)
> If it wasn't, I think we should add one like this (maybe enabled by 
> default on Nightly builds?)
> I agree that none of the suggested alternatives is a perfect 
> replacement (except the command line one), because you usually want to 
> restart the same build with the same profile that was running, and the 
> OSX/Windows Quick Finder won't allow that to be done easily.
> (I don't use this myself as I start my builds from the command line, 
> but I know that e.g. Softvision people use this a lot during their 
> testing)
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 3:03 PM, Gijs Kruitbosch 
> <gijskruitbosch at <mailto:gijskruitbosch at>> wrote:
>     On 27/03/2018 18:30, bruno ais wrote:
>         For the other alternative, for the "about:profiles". I open a
>         tab, it will open on the farest right.
>     It won't if you middle (or ctrl/cmd-) click the new tab button,
>     it'll open a new tab immediately beside the current tab. I'm
>     pretty sure there are webextension add-ons that can make this the
>     default.
>     Also, if you're having to do this with a normal browser session,
>     I'd rather figure out why you need to restart so often that
>     removing GCLI would be problematic for you, than optimizing
>     something that most users shouldn't need to do regularly anyway.
>     ~ Gijs
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