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How to disable FireFox 63+ updates/nags in Puppy
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Barkin


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 05:25    Post subject:  How to disable FireFox 63+ updates/nags in Puppy  

FireFox options to block the update, or block the nag to update are now gone,
(including "about:preferences" & "about:config" tricks) Sad

There is an elegant way to block the update/nag ...

Create a directory (a/k/a folder) in /opt/firefox called distribution, (copy attached).

[Rename or delete the "distribution" folder when you want to update FireFox ]
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Mike Walsh


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 10:01    Post subject:  

@ Barkin:-

There's an even simpler, quick'n'dirty method for stopping the updates & suppressing the nag.

Go into your firefox directory, and remove the last 4 files:-

updater
updater.ini
update-settings.ini
, &
updates.xml

Kills all that nagging and stuff stone-dead. I've used this for some time, with older releases where I don't want them updating themselves.

Works a treat!


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Barkin


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 10:45    Post subject:  

Mike Walsh wrote:
There's an even simpler, quick'n'dirty method for stopping the updates & suppressing the nag.

Go into your firefox directory, and remove the last 4 files:-

updater
updater.ini
update-settings.ini
, &
updates.xml

Kills all that nagging and stuff stone-dead. I've used this for some time, with older releases where I don't want them updating themselves.

Works a treat!

In FireFox 66 deleting those updater files does not get rid on the nag screen.
If permitted FF will still download the new version, it just fails to install it,
and back to the nag screen again in an infinite-loop.
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darry19662018

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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 14:35    Post subject:  

The answer I believe is in about:config I put value update and came up with
app.auto.update and I toggled it to false. Having found that my browser having done what Mike does still tries to download the update.

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Barkin


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 14:50    Post subject:  

darry19662018 wrote:
The answer I believe is in about:config I put value update and came up with
app.auto.update and I toggled it to false...

As I mentioned previously, with FF63+ the old tricks don't work ...
trishtech wrote:
Starting with the version 63 of Mozilla Firefox web browser, there won’t be any option to disable the automatic updates of the browser from within anywhere the browser options (through about:preferences) or the configurations editor (through about:config). In the earlier versions, users could go to the Firefox options and choose to “Never check for updates” from the settings in order to disable it from automatically downloading newer versions and installing them for you. But now this option has been removed from Firefox version 63 – you have no choice but to update to the latest version.

[embolding is mine]
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bigpup


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 22:58    Post subject:  

Thanks for the info!

I stopped using Firefox for reasons like this Rolling Eyes

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a_salty_dogg


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 23:25    Post subject:  

Running current ESR avoids this (so far... )

Update manually only at your convenience!
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Barkin


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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun 2019, 00:30    Post subject:  

a_salty_dogg wrote:
Running current ESR avoids this (so far... )

ESR only buys you about a year's grace ...

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darry19662018

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PostPosted: Thu 27 Jun 2019, 02:39    Post subject:  

Barkin wrote:
darry19662018 wrote:
The answer I believe is in about:config I put value update and came up with
app.auto.update and I toggled it to false...

As I mentioned previously, with FF63+ the old tricks don't work ...
trishtech wrote:
Starting with the version 63 of Mozilla Firefox web browser, there won’t be any option to disable the automatic updates of the browser from within anywhere the browser options (through about:preferences) or the configurations editor (through about:config). In the earlier versions, users could go to the Firefox options and choose to “Never check for updates” from the settings in order to disable it from automatically downloading newer versions and installing them for you. But now this option has been removed from Firefox version 63 – you have no choice but to update to the latest version.

[embolding is mine]


Yes sigh thank you even version 64 is nagging for updates your folder fixes it, I still delete the update files.

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Jul 2019, 17:35    Post subject: Re: How to disable FireFox 63+ updates/nags in Puppy  

Barkin wrote:
There is an elegant way to block the update/nag ...

So great piece of useful info! Thx so much! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed 03 Jul 2019, 05:47    Post subject:  

As an alternative to FF which is based on FF is GNUIcecat which doesn't nag for updates.
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