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HOWTO manually install latest OFFICIAL FIREFOX BUILD
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linuxcbon

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PostPosted: Fri 18 Mar 2016, 17:33    Post subject:  HOWTO manually install latest OFFICIAL FIREFOX BUILD  

HOWTO manually install latest OFFICIAL FIREFOX BUILD (binary)

No need to compile, it's officially compiled by the firefox team.
Download latest Firefox binary from here :
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

For example : Linux 64-bit English is firefox-45.0.tar.bz2

From terminal shell in the folder of the downloaded file :
Code:
# tar -xvf firefox-45.0.tar.bz2
# mv firefox /usr/lib/
# ln -s /usr/lib/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/
# rm firefox-45.0.tar.bz2
# geany /usr/local/bin/defaultbrowser

and replace mozstart by firefox

That's it.
That binary has automatic updates and you can also change that in the settings etc.

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016, 07:00    Post subject:  

No need for the first two, simply click and extract to the destination directory.

The symlink could go either way and the packed dwnld is removed via rt-clk.

If the users default browser is already FF, no need for the file mod.

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Now, what about the desktop file or if I'm on an old pup with say, FF 17?

These instructions are applicable for which pup(s) and under what conditions?

How about precautions.. Anything in addition the user should be aware of?
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linuxcbon

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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016, 07:20    Post subject:  

Semme wrote:
What about the desktop file or if I'm on an old pup with say, FF 17?
These instructions are applicable for which pup(s) and under what conditions?
How about precautions.. Anything in addition the user should be aware of?


"desktop" file is not changed, no need.
With this howto, only need to click the "browse" icon, or run it from shell command "firefox".
Applicable on any existing linux distribution.
No precautions.

Let me know if you discover something wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016, 07:23    Post subject:  

Semme wrote:
No need for the first two, simply click and extract to the destination directory.
The symlink could go either way and the packed dwnld is removed via rt-clk.
If the users default browser is already FF, no need for the file mod.


there are many ways to do the same thing, for example with clicking in rox and extract etc...But I explained only one method, from command line.
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PostPosted: Sat 19 Mar 2016, 07:42    Post subject:  

Think I'll leave this for the follow-ups.
Quote:
Post if you discover something wrong.

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Mar 2016, 15:17    Post subject: You mentioned 64 bit  

Will this install work for the 32 mit machines as well???
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PostPosted: Mon 21 Mar 2016, 15:55    Post subject: Re: You mentioned 64 bit  

slc wrote:
Will this install work for the 32 bit machines as well?

So long as you make sure you download the 32bit version of Firefox, yes.

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 18:49    Post subject:  

OK I just did an automatic update to firefox 46 and it doesnt work anymore , missing GTK3 library :

Code:
# firefox
XPCOMGlueLoad error for file /usr/lib/firefox/libmozgtk.so:
libgtk-3.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Couldn't load XPCOM.


They just changed to GTK3. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 19:38    Post subject:  

Dpup Wheezy has some basic GTK-3 capabilities so the Firefox-46.0 official build runs. Sweet as a nut in terminal too with none of the horrendous messages that have been there at first start-up in a number of the recent versions.
firefox-46-gtk3-wheezy.jpg
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Apr 2016, 20:24    Post subject:  

Quote:
OK I just did an automatic update to firefox 46 and it doesnt work anymore , missing GTK3 library :


Ditto here
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 21:25    Post subject:  

Same here on a frugal slacko57 system.
I had downloaded a 32bit Firefox v34.05.tar.bz2 & successfully kept Firefox up to date until v45.01.
The FFv46 update failed. Firefox was dead in the water with the missing libgtk-3 error. Can this be fixed?
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Thank you linuxcbon - the magic word to use in the ppm search was gtk+3 and it was found in the official slackware 14 repository

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 22:08    Post subject:  

r__hughes wrote:
Same here on a frugal slacko57 system.
I had downloaded a 32bit Firefox v34.05.tar.bz2 & successfully kept Firefox up to date until v45.01.
The FFv46 update failed. Firefox was dead in the water with the missing libgtk-3 error. Can this be fixed?

the solution would be to open package manager, to search for libgtk-3 and to install it.
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 22:22    Post subject:  

I tried installing the libgtk-3 package in Tahr pup with no success.

I downloaded the Firefox 45.1 ESR package from firefox, unpacked the tarball and copied the contents to the /usr/lib/firefox directory as noted at the beginning of this thread.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/
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PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2016, 22:42    Post subject:  

p310don wrote:
I tried installing the libgtk-3 package in Tahr pup with no success.

here is the ubuntu package for tahrpup :
http://packages.ubuntu.com/trusty/libgtk-3-0
install it and also run firefox from shell, to see if any error messages.
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PostPosted: Thu 28 Apr 2016, 01:10    Post subject:  

Should have mentioned, the 45.1 ESR works perfectly fine. I am happy to use that.
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