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Old 07-01-2009, 03:51 AM   #1
nocluebutItry
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Can't automatically update Firefox (OpenSUSE 11.0)


Hello,
I have problems with the automatic update of Firefox. I still have a beta version (3, beta 5), which was installed together with OpenSUSE. Now I wanted to make Firefox search for and install updates automatically, but in the settings I can't find that option. When I looked at the support website of Mozilla, it said that I should start Firefox as root (or as the user who installed Firefox, which I think is root) to be able to update it. But I don't know how to do this. I can login as root through the terminal, but I don't know how to start Firefox as root.
Please help?
 
Old 07-01-2009, 05:28 AM   #2
jdkaye
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In FFX 3.5 go to Edit->Preferences->Advanced->Update (tab)
Configure the updates they way you want them.
Unless OpenSUSE is quite weird you don't need to be root to configure your updates.
jdk
 
Old 07-01-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
nocluebutItry
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That's what I did, but there are only the options for checking updates for search engines and AddOns, not for Firefox itself. And the support website said that I should login as root to have that option. So, how do I do it?
I guess, yeah, OpenSUSE is really weird...
 
Old 07-01-2009, 09:04 AM   #4
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If you installed Firefox from a OpenSUSE rpm package, the automatic update option is deactivated, it is only available for an installed Firefox from the Mozilla binary.

To upgrade Firefox from OpenSUSE, you have to wait for a new package in their official repositories.

OR uninstall the SUSE package and be on your own with the binary from Mozilla.
If you install it under root, system wide, for example in /usr/lib, you will have to run it as root to use the automatic update option, and as your user login the rest of the time.

But you can also install it under your user login in your home directory : just uncompress the Mozilla tarball in the directory you want to install in.

It's all your choice.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 10:01 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by berbae View Post
If you installed Firefox from a OpenSUSE rpm package, the automatic update option is deactivated, it is only available for an installed Firefox from the Mozilla binary.

To upgrade Firefox from OpenSUSE, you have to wait for a new package in their official repositories.

OR uninstall the SUSE package and be on your own with the binary from Mozilla.
If you install it under root, system wide, for example in /usr/lib, you will have to run it as root to use the automatic update option, and as your user login the rest of the time.

But you can also install it under your user login in your home directory : just uncompress the Mozilla tarball in the directory you want to install in.

It's all your choice.
But remember, if you install it in your home directory, only you will be able to use it. That's fine if you're the only one using your machine. If you want FFx to be available system-wide then install it under /opt
cheers,
jdk
 
  


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