Disabling the Firefox DNS cache
If you, like me, make frequent changes to your host file, for instance because your staging and production environment both listen to the same vhost. You will have probably noticed that it takes Firefox a while to pick up on the alterations you made. This is because in order to improve performance by default Firefox caches DNS lookups for up to 60 seconds. If you do not feel like waiting, restarting the browser is your only option. Fortunately you can disable DNS caching. This is what you do :
Enter about:config in the adress bar.
Right click on the list of properties, select new > integer in the context menu
enter network.dnsCacheExpiration as the preference name and 0 as the integer value
Add another integer preference, this time use network.dnsCacheEntries as the preference name and again 0 as the value