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Old 11-13-2005, 03:55 AM   #1
DukieJF
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Retaining settings through Firefox upgrade


A couple of questions rolled into one here. First of all, I am running Firefox 1.0.2 and would like to upgrade to 1.0.7. I do not know much about how plugins work, and didn't keep extensive documentation when I was figuring them out, which is something I wish I'd done with Firefox, but, lesson learned. So, the questions:

1) Where should I be installing Firefox 1.0.7? I think 1.0.2 is installed in /usr/lib/.
2) Are plugins, such as mplayerplugin, configured to work only with certain versions of the browser, and do I need to reinstall them separately when I upgrade?
3) Is there a way to simply retain plugin functionality, either by moving files or doing some sort of configuration in the browser?

Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 11-13-2005, 04:38 AM   #2
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check out the .mozilla or the .firefox directory in your home and back up the things necessary.That should do your backup .
 
Old 11-13-2005, 05:44 AM   #3
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Those directories don't mention anything about mplayer....what am I missing?
 
Old 11-13-2005, 06:38 AM   #4
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Don't know if you have performed the update already, however urpmi mozilla-fireox update did keep all the mozilla mplayer extentions and plugins intact?
 
Old 11-13-2005, 06:50 AM   #5
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Re: Retaining settings through Firefox upgrade

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Originally posted by DukieJF
A couple of questions rolled into one here. First of all, I am running Firefox 1.0.2 and would like to upgrade to 1.0.7. I do not know much about how plugins work, and didn't keep extensive documentation when I was figuring them out, which is something I wish I'd done with Firefox, but, lesson learned. So, the questions:

1) Where should I be installing Firefox 1.0.7? I think 1.0.2 is installed in /usr/lib/.
2) Are plugins, such as mplayerplugin, configured to work only with certain versions of the browser, and do I need to reinstall them separately when I upgrade?
3) Is there a way to simply retain plugin functionality, either by moving files or doing some sort of configuration in the browser?

Any help would be sincerely appreciated. Thanks.
For info, if you have made sure that you're updates are, well, up to date, then I wouldn't bother upgrading. The way mandriva have done things, is to make the updates to firefox available, so that they are installed via urpmi, but they don't change the version number 1.0.2 was what came with 2005LE - if you installed 2006 you'd see a later version number. AFAIK yours should, if you've done the updates be correct with the changes that are incorporated in 1.0.7

Your mention of 2005LE means that I suspect you're using KDE, if so you could look in your /home directory/partition, and then using the drop down for "view", theres an option to "show hidden files". Click that and you should see a file called /home/DukieJF/.mozilla which will contain a sub-directory of firefox - most preferences are in there (note the . before mozilla, the "dot" thing indicates that it's normally a hidden file).

When I had 2005LE installed, I also went and installed firefox from the mozilla site, because I was vvv confused about mandrivas numbering convention for firefox and presumed that it was miles behind with all the inherant security issues - I was wrong, and it caused me no end of hassle trying to get everything working properly (e.g. plugins, extensions and the like, because it wasn't quite where mandriva wanted them).

I'd suggest that you'd probably be better placed to stay with the firefox version that comes via mandriva and the MCC software manager. It will be upto date irrespective of the slightly confusing numbering system.

If you also have a look about this at this site you'll find the stuff that I was reading about this when I looked into it about 6 months ago.

regards

John
 
  


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