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Static site generator for the Firefox 3.6 start page
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Firefox 3.6 Start Page

This is a very simple static website generator for the Firefox 3.6 start page.

Based on nocturnal, it takes a single jinja2 template, throws in some translations from .lang files,, and generates a bunch of static, localized output files.



git clone git://

The localization files live in SVN. Check them out into the subdirectory "locale" to pull in translations.

cd fx36start
svn checkout

Choosing a build version

Specify a version to build in Available versions are 'passive' and 'urgent'. 'Passive' is the default.

Generating output files

Specify an output directory (it shouldn't be the same directory as the repo) and allow a few seconds for the script to scrape Mozilla's FTP server.

./ --output-dir html

To delete the output dir before generating the output (careful!), use the --force option.

./ --output-dir html -f

The build version can be overwritten with the --version command line argument.

./ --version urgent --output-dir html -f

Extracting .lang files

If you change localizable strings in the templates, you'll want to extract those strings and add them to the .lang files.


should do the trick.


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  Matthew Riley MacPherson <>
  James Long <>
  Fred Wenzel <>

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