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FireFox requires PulseAudio for sound; how to install?
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OscarTalks


Joined: 05 Feb 2012
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Location: London, England

PostPosted: Sat 09 Dec 2017, 18:43    Post subject:  

Stefan,

Can you confirm which FF you installed and from where?
If you are using the Slackware Firefox ESR (which is probably the best thing to do rather than using the Mozilla one) then I believe it may have been compiled to work with alsa directly. If so then apulse or pulseaudio is not needed and should not be installed as it may actually introduce a problem. This Firefox ESR should be available via the updater in Slacko or alternatively from here:-
https://mirrors.slackware.com/slackware/slackware64-14.2/patches/packages/mozilla-firefox-52.5.2esr-x86_64-1_slack14.2.txz

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stefan21

Joined: 12 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec 2017, 07:01    Post subject:  

Oscar,

thank you for your reply.

FF ESR 52.5.2 (64-bit)

installed from the puppy packetmanager.

What I'm wondering about is that there's also no sound with vlc.

I'll remove this FF version and will re-install the slacko version. I'll let you know about the result.

stefan
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stefan21

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec 2017, 17:26    Post subject:  

As I found no way I ended in re-installing slacko. With the default FF sound is working. My advice - be careful when updating...

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stefan
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kickstart


Joined: 09 Mar 2011
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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jan 2018, 20:30    Post subject:  

This could possibly be of use.

I have a ext4 partition on my laptop with several frugal installations of various Puppy versions. Some years ago I installed Firefox by the somewhat unconventional method of downloading the latest region specific version tar.bz2 from the Mozilla ftp site and compiling it in a folder in the same partition as the frugal installations. I also moved the Firefox cache into this folder. This meant that the same firefox installation could be used by all the Puppy installations with the same addons & saved passwords etc. by simply redirecting desktop shortcuts and menu items to the Firefox executable. It also meant that the Firefox installation was on the release channel so updates were made using the standard Firefox update system. On a couple of occasions Firefox has stopped updating after major revisions but I have managed to find workarounds to get it going again. Recently Firefox stopped working completely but installing the 54.2.0 esr version in Slacko 5.5 PAE from the Slackware 14.0 Salix repository in Puppy package manager revived it. I ended up with release channel version 56.0 with an offer to update to 57.0.4, complete with lack of audio!

I have solved the audio problem by downloading apulse-0.1.9-i486-1gv_salix14.0.txz from here: https://slackware.pkgs.org/14.0/salix-i486/apulse-0.1.9-i486-1gv_salix14.0.txz.html and clicking open in the download dialogue box and then yes in the "Is this a Slackware or Arch package, that you want to install?" box that appeared. To my surprise the .txz installed successfully and Firefox got it's audio back. So there is a simple fix for Slacko 5.5. I haven't tried it in other versions of Slacko but I assume it would work. If you go to https://pkgs.org/download/apulse there are loads of other versions available including a Salix x86_64 version under Slackware 14.0 which I presume would work in 64 bit Slacko.

I haven't tried updating to Firefox 57.0.4 to check out the audio. I am reluctant to do so as I will lose the use of a couple of useful legacy addons due to the new web extensions implementation.
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