How to make code in a Firefox Extension execute on a timer

Today is my first day working with firefox extensions.

Basically I am making an extension that will be used on an internal network to check a web server for new notifications.

I used the wizard on the mozilla page to make a skeleton extension and then mainly edited overlay.js with some ajax code.

I am using the "load" event listener to call a setTimeout to my ajax call which then loops with setTimeouts.

The problem appears to be that the "load" event listener is executed on each new browser window. I just want one global timer for this to work off of.

Any ideas?


I found this: which seems like what i would want. The problem is I can't figure out how to import the jsm file. What is the directory structure?


When trying this:


content spt chrome/content/ skin spt classic/1.0 chrome/skin/ locale spt en-US chrome/locale/en-US/ overlay chrome://browser/content/browser.xul chrome://spt/content/ff-overlay.xul style chrome://global/content/customizeToolbar.xul chrome://spt/skin/overlay.css resource mycontent chrome/content/

First 5 lines of chrome/content/overlay.js

try{ Components.utils.import("resource://spt/mycontent/ajax.jsm"); }catch(err){ alert(err); }

I get this error:

[Exception... "Component returned failure code: 0x80040111 (NS_ERROR_NOT_AVAILABLE) [nsIXPCComponents_Utils.import]" nsresult: "0x80040111 (NS_ERROR_NOT_AVAILABLE)" location: "JS frame :: chrome://spt/content/overlay.js :: :: line 2" data: no]

Or when if I remove the resource alias from chrome.manifest and use this at the beginning of overlay.js

try{ Components.utils.import("chrome://spt/content/ajax.jsm"); }catch(err){ alert(err); }

I get this error:

[Exception... "Component returned failure code: 0x80070057 (NS_ERROR_ILLEGAL_VALUE) [nsIXPCComponents_Utils.import]" nsresult: "0x80070057 (NS_ERROR_ILLEGAL_VALUE)" location: "JS frame :: chrome://spt/content/overlay.js :: :: line 3" data: no]

-------------Problems Reply------------

Yes, if you have code that should be shared between windows (and should not be executed when a new window is loaded) and that don't need access to the chrome, use JavaScript code modules.

You can import your modules with:


provided that you setup resource in your chrome.manifest. E.g. if you add

resource youraddon modules/

then you the file must be stored in /path/to/your/addon/modules/your_module.jsm.

Further notes:

  • Code modules don't have to have the file extensions .jsm. You can leave it .js. Works better sometimes with certain editors (and syntax highlighting etc).
  • Afaik you cannot use setTimeout in a module as it has no access to the window object. I suggest to use nsITimer.
Category:firefox addon Views:0 Time:2011-01-07

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