Mozilla Weave is a project of the Mozilla Labs to build synchronization of bookmarks, tabs, passwords and so on between multiple instances of the Firefox browser. It used to be a private beta, but with the release of version 0.4 recently, it has been opened up to the general public.

Where version 0.2 was pretty rough, 0.4 actually works quite well, even if it is not yet feature complete. Bookmarks and passwords are handled just fine. Furthermore, you can set up your own server, all that is needed is PHP. Previous versions required WebDAV support, and the WebDAV module in nginx is not functional enough for Weave (or anything else, for that matter).

The first synchronization is painfully slow, but once it is done, later synchronizations are essentially instant. When combined with the Awesome bar’s tagging components, it has completely supplanted for my bookmarking needs (I never liked the rewritten user interface).

Thomas Pink weave cufflinks

Amusingly, I came across these cufflinks at Thomas Pink in San Francisco last Friday — they are the mirror image of the Weave logo.

Thomas Pink weave cufflinks

Below are the relevant sections of my nginx config.


magic_quotes_gpc = Off
session.auto_start = 0
file_uploads = On
error_reporting = E_ALL & ~E_NOTICE
allow_url_include = Off
allow_url_fopen = Off
session.use_only_cookies = 1
session.cookie_httponly = 1
expose_php = Off
display_errors = Off
register_globals = Off
disable_functions = phpinfo
error_log = /home/majid/web/logs/php_error_log


root /home/majid/web/html;
location ~ .php$ {
  auth_basic		"gondwana";
  auth_basic_user_file	/home/majid/web/conf/htpasswd;
  fastcgi_index		index.php;
  fastcgi_param		SCRIPT_FILENAME  /home/majid/web/html$fastcgi_script_name;
  include		/home/majid/web/conf/fastcgi.conf;
# Mozilla Weave
rewrite ^/weave/admin$	/weave/admin.php;
location /0.3/api {
  return		404;
location /0.3/user {
  fastcgi_index		index.php;
  include		/home/majid/web/conf/fastcgi.conf;
  fastcgi_param		SCRIPT_FILENAME	/home/majid/web/html/weave/index.php;
  fastcgi_param		SCRIPT_NAME	/home/majid/web/html/weave/index.php;
  if ( $request_uri ~ "/0.3/user/([^?]*)" ) {
    set $path_info	/$1;
  fastcgi_param		PATH_INFO	$path_info;


fastcgi_param  GATEWAY_INTERFACE  CGI/1.1;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_SOFTWARE    nginx;

fastcgi_param  QUERY_STRING       $query_string;
fastcgi_param  REQUEST_METHOD     $request_method;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_TYPE       $content_type;
fastcgi_param  CONTENT_LENGTH     $content_length;

fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_NAME        $fastcgi_script_name;
fastcgi_param  REQUEST_URI        $request_uri;
fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_URI       $document_uri;
fastcgi_param  DOCUMENT_ROOT      $document_root;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_PROTOCOL    $server_protocol;

fastcgi_param  REMOTE_ADDR        $remote_addr;
fastcgi_param  REMOTE_PORT        $remote_port;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_ADDR        $server_addr;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_PORT        $server_port;
fastcgi_param  SERVER_NAME        $server_name;