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Installer for the latest version of Firefox 3.6 en-US
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Location: Queensland

PostPosted: Sun 09 Jan 2011, 11:14    Post_subject:  Installer for the latest version of Firefox 3.6 en-US
Sub_title: Script to install Firefox 3.6 en-US latest updates

I wrote this script to update Firefox if you happen to have a version older than Firefox 3.6 and want the latest one, if the firefox updater is not working or if you don't have it installed at all.

I've added captions for the different process's for those who might be interested, it took me a few days to write figuring out the one liners for converting the html to a filename, as far as I can tell it should be ok for the whole series of firefox 3.6 unless the page format changes.

It also creates a script /usr/local/bin/roxuri so when you download a file and select open containing folder, in the window that opens navigate to roxuri and select it then roxfiler will be used to view the downloads.

I hope it's useful

#Firefox 3.6.xx latest en-US version Downloader, Installer, Updater
#This is a install only script no uninstall, to remove delete /usr/lib/firefox, /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop, /usr/bin/firefox
#If the setting eg. profiles, bookmarks, cache and addon aren't needed then delete /root/.mozilla/firefox
#Author Geoffrey
#Check if Firefox installed and Version
#Download Firefox index.html
yaf-splash -placement center -bg yellow -fontsize large -text "Checking For Latest Version Of Firefox-3.6.xx" &
wget -P /tmp/firefox_install http://pv-mirror01.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest-3.6/linux-i686/en-US/
killall yaf-splash
cd /tmp/firefox_install

# Check for existing version
existing_version=`/usr/lib/firefox/firefox --version `
echo $existing_version > ver1; tr -s ' ' '\012' < ver1 > ver2;
sed '0,/Mozilla/d' ver2 > ver3;  sed '3,10d' ver3 > ver4; sed 's/$/-/g' ver4 > ver5;
tr -d '\n '  < ver5 > ver6; sed -ie 's/,-$//' ver6 > ver6e
for  ver in `cut -f 2 -d "="  ver6 `
do existing_ver="$ver";done

# Filter out filename of new version
perl -0ne 'print "$1\n" while (/a href=\"(.*?)\">.*?<\/a>/igs)' index.html > html.data
sed '1,/firefox/d' html.data > tmp.data; sed '2,3d' tmp.data > file.data
for  firefox in `cut -f 2 -d "="  file.data `

# Retrieve Firefox version name
# Remove suffix from filename

# Change first character to uppercase                                                                         
u=$(tr '[a-z]' '[A-Z]'<<<"${ff:0:1}")


# Compare versions
if [ "$existing_ver" == "$latest_firefox" ]
yaf-splash -timeout 5 -placement center -bg yellow -fontsize large -text "$latest_firefox Is Already Installed"; rm -r /tmp/firefox_install; exit

# Download Firefox
yaf-splash -placement center -bg yellow -fontsize large -text "Downloading $latest_firefox Please Wait" &
wget -P /tmp/firefox_install http://pv-mirror01.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/firefox/releases/latest-3.6/linux-i686/en-US/"$firefox" 
killall yaf-splash
yaf-splash -placement center -bg yellow -fontsize large -text "Installing $latest_firefox" &
tar -xvjf "$firefox";done
rm -r /usr/lib/firefox
mv firefox /usr/lib/

#Create Symbolic link
ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

#Create New and replace existing Menu entry
rm /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop
echo "[Desktop Entry]" > /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop
echo "Encoding=UTF-8
Comment=$latest_firefox Web Browser
Type=Application" >> /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop
killall yaf-splash

#Create roxuri script to associate downloaded files with Rox
echo "#!/bin/sh" > /usr/local/bin/roxuri
echo 'exec rox -U  "$@" ' >> /usr/local/bin/roxuri
chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/roxuri

#Remove Temp Files
rm -r /tmp/firefox_install

#Check Firefox Version
new_version=`/usr/lib/firefox/firefox --version `
yaf-splash -timeout 10 -placement center -bg yellow -fontsize large -text " Installed...     $new_version

 Updating Menu, Screen Will Flicker
 Go To Menu Internet $latest_firefox"
#Refresh Menu
jwm -restart
Description  This updated script checks the installed version, if the same quits the process

Filename  firefox-3.6.xx-installer-updater.tar.gz 
Filesize  1.43 KB 
Downloaded  415 Time(s) 
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Jan 2011, 06:32    Post_subject: Installer for the latest version of Firefox
Sub_title: script updated

I've updated the script so now it checks to see if a different version is installed, if the same version it quits, only continues if it finds none or another version.

See the first post for the script and download.

I don't know if this is correct way to retrieve all the update information, but only being new to scripting it seemed the most logical way as I could find no more info on how it could be done, maybe someone could give me some pointers on how I could have done it a better way, I've tested it quite a number of times to make sure that it works, I can't fault it, works every time, but whether it will work after the next update of Firefox I will have to see, it all relies on the format of the index.html and Firefox's version info being reformatted to obtain the desired result, seems to work ok so far.
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PostPosted: Tue 01 Mar 2011, 22:18    Post_subject:    

Well it looks as if my script has worked in downloading and installing the next Firefox version 3.6.14, I'm happy that it wasn't a waste of time. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Mar 2011, 20:08    Post_subject:  

Gee, that was a quick update, Firefox 3.6.15, the script still works.
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