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Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby brunnhilde on Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:24 pm

A couple of days ago I installed LMDE 201204 and everything went fine. When installing some software via synaptic I noticed Firefox was not up-to-date, so I hit 'upgrade' and 'apply'. After that, FF's latest version seemed installed, but when I try to open it nothing happens. I uninstalled and re-installed with small variations: deleting .mozilla from my /home folder, deleting the FF profile from /usr/lib/ and even some folders in /etc (named firefox, firefox-3.0 and firefox-3.5, as I remember). I've installed it via synaptic, the software manager, and shell, but wit no difference.

I used FF before my initial upgrade and it worked fine, so I'm at a loss and don't know what to do next to try and make it work. I'd appreciate any help :(
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby Sonsum on Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:01 am

The current one in the repos is 11, right?

Perhaps try manually installing 13 from FF's web site? (It's a new version too!)

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/#desktop

EDIT: Here's some instructions: http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=62113
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby brunnhilde on Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:45 pm

Thank you Sonsum! It worked like a charm :)
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby Sonsum on Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:37 pm

brunnhilde wrote:Thank you Sonsum! It worked like a charm :)


I'm glad to hear it! Could you please mark this thread as solved?
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby Rory on Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:25 am

I would humbly suggest the thread is not resolved. The real issue is that this rolling release doesn't seem to be.... rolling. Firefox has released security updates and this rolling release has come to a stand still.
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby craigevil on Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:51 pm

Tech Patterns :: Switching from Debian Iceweasel to Firefox, permanently - http://techpatterns.com/forums/about1435.html

or my method:
download Firefox from Mozilla
extract
create a new profile
copy my Iceweasel profile to the new Firefox profile
create firefox.desktop (I just copy the Iceweasel.desktop and edit it)
copy firefox.desktop to /usr/share/applications (need to be root)
add firefox to the Debian alternatives system
run update-alternatives --config x-www-browser to make it the default browser

This way Firefox updates any time Mozilla releases a new version.

my firefox.desktop
Code: Select all
#!/usr/bin/env xdg-open
[Desktop Entry]
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
Comment[en_US]=Browse the World Wide Web
Comment=Browse the World Wide Web
Encoding=UTF-8
Exec=/home/craig/Downloads/firefox/firefox '%u'
GenericName[en_US]=Firefox
GenericName=Firefox
Icon=/home/craig/Downloads/firefox/icons/mozicon128.png
MimeType=text/html;image/png;image/jpeg;image/gif;application/xml;application/xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml;application/rss+xml;application/rdf+xml;
Name[en_US]=firefox
Name=firefox
StartupNotify=true
StartupWMClass=Firefox-bin
Terminal=false
X-GNOME-FullName=Firefox
X-KDE-SubstituteUID=false
X-KDE-Username=Firefox
X-MultipleArgs=false


Or just use Iceweasel from Debian experimental repo.
$ apt-cache policy iceweasel
iceweasel:
Installed: 13.0.1-2
Candidate: 13.0.1-2
Version table:
*** 13.0.1-2 0
1 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ experimental/main i386 Packages
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
10.0.5esr-2 0
500 http://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ unstable/main i386 Packages
Debian Sid KDE4.8.4 Kernel 3.4 Thinkpad R40 CPU Pentium M 1.3MHz RAM 2GB ATI Mobility 7500
Debian - "If you can't apt-get something, it isn't useful or doesn't exist"
Giant Debian sources.list | Debian upgrade script smxi | sysinfo script inxi
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Re: Firefox won't start after upgrading to latest version

Postby Sonsum on Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:04 pm

Rory wrote:I would humbly suggest the thread is not resolved. The real issue is that this rolling release doesn't seem to be.... rolling. Firefox has released security updates and this rolling release has come to a stand still.


I believe that is a topic for another thread. LMDE has effectively stopped being a rolling release since the UPs. I always get my Iceweasel (the same as FF) from the experimental repo using apt-pinning.

I believe that LMDE is a better solution than a rolling release - due to the better stability. With the right apt-pinning, it can be as up-to-date as you want, yet you don't have to worry about updates borking your machine (as much anyways). Plus, thoughtfulness like the ability to stay with Gnome 2 and such is something that a rolling release would not have.
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apt-pinning

Postby TomRoche on Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:52 pm

Sonsum wrote:With the right apt-pinning, [LMDE] can be as up-to-date as you want, yet you don't have to worry about updates borking your machine (as much anyways).


Started an apt-pinning discussion here.
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