Bug 233095 - www/firefox geolocation no longer working
Summary: www/firefox geolocation no longer working
Status: New
Alias: None
Product: Ports & Packages
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Individual Port(s) (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Many People
Assignee: freebsd-gecko (Nobody)
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-11-09 20:59 UTC by J.R. Oldroyd
Modified: 2021-12-11 00:46 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
jbeich: maintainer-feedback? (chromium)


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Description J.R. Oldroyd 2018-11-09 20:59:37 UTC
The geolocation code in netwerk/wifi/nsWifiScannerFreeBSD.cpp is failing to return lat/lon location.

Repeat by going to:
Grant it location access permission.  It fails.  It should work and show your lat/lon position.

I wrote the code in nsWifiScannerFreeBSD.cpp back in 2012.  I believe the wifi lookup code itself is still good.  I have verified it is being compiled in (it is, it's in libxul.so).  I have run firefox with debugging enabled and see that the code is still finding the local wifi networks (run firefox with "-MOZ_LOG=timestamp,WifiMonitor:4" to see this).

A manual test of the geolocation API per the instructions here:
seems to show that the API key we are using has expired and billing needs to be enabled on it.  Firefox appears to be getting the daily usage limit exceeded error.
Comment 1 Jan Beich freebsd_committer 2018-11-10 00:23:49 UTC
Does geolocation work in www/chromium? That's where the API key originates. Like with SafeBrowsing the quota has to be extended. Unfortunately, I don't know who to contact.
Comment 2 J.R. Oldroyd 2018-11-10 13:06:17 UTC
Just tried it.  No, it fails on www/chromium too.
Comment 3 J.R. Oldroyd 2018-12-19 17:54:22 UTC
According to this page:
We need to enable billing on our Chromium Project page, but the use of the API is then free.
Comment 4 Graham Perrin freebsd_committer 2020-01-04 19:56:07 UTC
Does this workaround the issue? 



– and if so, is it an _appropriate_ alternative?

(NB the trailing `%`)
Comment 5 Jan Beich freebsd_committer 2020-01-04 21:43:56 UTC
gecko@ doesn't have Mozilla API key, so bandwidth maybe limited. Open resource://gre/modules/AppConstants.jsm to inspect actual values for various %FOO% strings.
Comment 6 peter.hillerstrom+freebsd 2021-12-11 00:46:58 UTC
For me the percent values are (with part of the Google API key redacted in case it is somehow generated on build):

MOZ_MOZILLA_API_KEY: "no-mozilla-api-key",

And the advanced settings have:
geo.provider.network.url	https://www.googleapis.com/geolocation/v1/geolocate?key=%GOOGLE_LOCATION_SERVICE_API_KEY%

Google has retired the v2 API on 26th of May 2021:

So maybe that is the reason it does not work?
I would really much like this to be fixed, as I do a geolocation based service.