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Why does LibertyBear require clipboard permission?

To make GM_setClipboard work on different browsers.

First of all, the required permission is named clipboardWrite, which means it just allows writing to clipboard, but not reading from clipboard.

Secondly, there is a function used in userscripts named GM_setClipboard. It writes to clipboard, just exactly what clipboardWrite allows.

On Chrome, the extension can write to clipboard in the background even without clipboardWrite permission. But on Firefox, this won't work without the permission. So clipboardWrite permission is required to make the extension work on different browsers.

Why are third-party sync services used instead of native ones?

Because browser.storage.sync is designed to sync preferences instead of large data, and it cannot sync data between different browsers. In some browsers there is no such API implemented.

According to the document, browser.storage.sync is designed to store preferences and sync them to different instances of the same browser with the same user logged in. And something more, up to 100KB of data can be stored and synced.

So the limitations are:

  1. Up to 100KB of data can be stored, even smaller than size of a feature-rich script.
  2. Only sync on the same browser, no share between Chrome and Firefox.

With third-party sync services (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.):

  1. More data can be stored.
  2. Scripts can be shared in Chrome, Firefox, Vivaldi, Maxthon, etc. Your scripts are synced to different browsers if only LibertyBear is installed.

Where are the userscripts stored?

They are stored in the local storage area of the browser extension. The storage may have different implementations in different browsers, so we can't tell exactly where or in what format is the data stored.

In other words, you won't be able to find your scripts as normal files in your disk. They may be stored in some database maintained by the browser you use.

Why is the release minified?

The short answer for this question is to make the code clean and efficient.

To be clear, our extension is minified but not obfuscated in release. It is a very common workflow to compile and minify code for web apps, and we are using popular tools that are used all over the world. See this post to learn more about the workflows.