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Firefox update?

Post by GS84700 » Wed May 23, 2018 2:57 am

Hi Everyone,
This may be a newbie question, but I installed linuxmint on my lenovo thinkpad about 6 months ago, and am extremely happy about it. I chose linuxmint over ubuntu for ease of use (I am no computer buff). However, I've been wanting to update firefox and as it turns out, it seems that there is no easy way to do it! Can someone please help?
Many thanks
G.

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Re: Firefox update?

Post by Sir Charles » Wed May 23, 2018 3:12 am

You should receive updates to Firefox through Update Manager. Aren't you getting any? What is the current version of your Firefox?
I suppose that's one of the ironies of life, doing the wrong thing at the right moment -C.C.

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Re: Firefox update?

Post by xenopeek » Wed May 23, 2018 3:30 am

Updates are available through update manager (shield icon in lower right of your screen, or find Update Manager in your menu). Current version of Firefox through that is 60.0.1.

If this didn't help, something must be wrong with your Linux Mint installation. To provide us with needed information please open the terminal program from your menu and run the following two commands. Copy their output and share it here (you can select and copy text from the terminal through its Edit menu).

inxi -Sr

apt policy firefox
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Re: Firefox update?

Post by GS84700 » Wed May 23, 2018 10:06 am

Thank you very much.
I'm not receiving updates through update manager
here is the outpot of the commands you asked for :

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georges@georges-ThinkPad-T420 ~ $ inxi -Sr
System:    Host: georges-ThinkPad-T420 Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6  Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gnumdk-lollypop-xenial.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnumdk/lollypop/ubuntu xenial main
           deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnumdk/lollypop/ubuntu xenial main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/maarten-baert-simplescreenrecorder-xenial.list
           deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder/ubuntu xenial main
           deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/maarten-baert/simplescreenrecorder/ubuntu xenial main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
           deb http://packages.linuxmint.com sylvia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse
           deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ xenial partner
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
           deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main
           Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/teamviewer.list
           deb http://linux.teamviewer.com/deb stable main
           deb http://linux.teamviewer.com/deb preview main
georges@georges-ThinkPad-T420 ~ $

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georges@georges-ThinkPad-T420 ~ $ apt policy firefox
firefox:
  Installé : 57.0+linuxmint1+sylvia
  Candidat : 60.0.1+linuxmint1+sylvia
 Table de version :
     60.0.1+linuxmint1+sylvia 700
        700 http://packages.linuxmint.com sylvia/upstream amd64 Packages
     60.0.1+build2-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security/main amd64 Packages
 *** 57.0+linuxmint1+sylvia 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     45.0.2+build1-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
Hope this helps solve the issue.

G.
Last edited by karlchen on Wed May 23, 2018 10:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: added [code] tags to make reading screen output easier

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Re: Firefox update?

Post by xenopeek » Wed May 23, 2018 10:40 am

This all looks to be in order and indeed shows Firefox 60.0.1 as candidate for installation.

I'd suggest: open Update Manager and click its Refresh button.

Still no Firefox update available in Update Manager? Is it perhaps showing an update to mintupdate itself or related packages like libarchive or mint-upgrade-info? You must install those first.

If that isn't the case or after installing them you still see no Firefox update I'd suggest you possibly have configured Update Manager in a way that hides this update. From its Edit menu select Update policy and set it to the middle one.
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Re: Firefox update? [solved]

Post by GS84700 » Wed May 23, 2018 10:55 am

Great!
that must indeed be a newbie question. I had neglected to install mint-upgrade info : i was fooled by "info" thought it was unimportant.
Thank you for your availability, help and patience!
G.

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Re: Firefox update?

Post by xenopeek » Wed May 23, 2018 1:33 pm

You're welcome :) It's indeed a somewhat common question of new users and the developers are aware it could be more clearly communicated that installation of such packages is mandatory.
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