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Old 08-15-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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upgrading Firefox and Thunderbird


I'm trying to upgrade the above mention packages to the latest version but I cannot seem to find them anywhere. Should I download the the applications from Mozilla website and install it that way?
Any help or information would be appreciated.
 
Old 08-15-2011, 12:23 AM   #2
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If you must have the latest, you probably don't have any option but to install from Mozilla's site but the most convenient, robust and safe solution is to install from the repositories -- if you can wait for them to become available.
 
Old 08-15-2011, 05:01 AM   #3
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The beta versions are available in /testing, for example here for x86_64 current:
ftp://ftp.slackware.at/slackware64-c...ting/packages/

But the latest firefox is already available in current as of yesterday:

Code:
Sun Aug 14 17:49:30 UTC 2011
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xap/mozilla-firefox-6.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
 
Old 08-15-2011, 11:36 PM   #4
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If you must have the latest, you probably don't have any option but to install from Mozilla's site but the most convenient, robust and safe solution is to install from the repositories -- if you can wait for them to become available.
If I were to install from the Mozilla site would I have to install it to a specific location?
 
Old 08-15-2011, 11:40 PM   #5
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The beta versions are available in /testing, for example here for x86_64 current:
ftp://ftp.slackware.at/slackware64-c...ting/packages/

But the latest firefox is already available in current as of yesterday:

Code:
Sun Aug 14 17:49:30 UTC 2011
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xap/mozilla-firefox-6.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
Is this for a regular an X86 or X64?
 
Old 08-16-2011, 01:39 AM   #6
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Is this for a regular an X86 or X64?
x86_64 means for a 64-bit architecture. The same package is also available in current for 32-bit:
Code:
Sun Aug 14 17:49:30 UTC 2011
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xap/mozilla-firefox-6.0-i486-1.txz: Upgraded.
 
Old 08-16-2011, 01:43 AM   #7
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If I were to install from the Mozilla site would I have to install it to a specific location?
I don't think it matters, as long as you put a link to the 'firefox' startup script in your $PATH. I would put it in /usr/local, with a link in /usr/bin/firefox to /usr/local/firefox-x.x.x/firefox
 
Old 08-17-2011, 11:19 PM   #8
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I don't think it matters, as long as you put a link to the 'firefox' startup script in your $PATH. I would put it in /usr/local, with a link in /usr/bin/firefox to /usr/local/firefox-x.x.x/firefox
Thanks for the info.
So I went ahead and downloaded firefox-4.0 and did an upgrade and this is the message that I got: /usr/lib/firefox-4.0/firefox-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.14' not found (required by /usr/lib/firefox-4.0/libxul.so)

I had to basically reinstall 3.5, I think, so I couldn't install it.

I guess I have to upgrade to the latest version of slackware. Right now I'm running 13.0.
 
Old 08-18-2011, 02:41 AM   #9
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Yes, if you want to run the latest firefox and thunderbird it may be wise to upgrade your Slackware installation.
 
Old 08-21-2011, 03:53 PM   #10
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Yes, if you want to run the latest firefox and thunderbird it may be wise to upgrade your Slackware installation.
BROX, so every time there some applications upgrades I need to upgrade the oper sys? I notice that with Ubuntu there is always upgrades/fixes/patches to be install. It reminds me of win. There is always some type of patches/fixes to be install.

So, assuming that I upgrade to the latest version of Slackware, is there an upgrade procedure or do I just backup my personal stuff and do a clean install?
 
Old 08-21-2011, 05:16 PM   #11
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BROX, so every time there some applications upgrades I need to upgrade the oper sys? I notice that with Ubuntu there is always upgrades/fixes/patches to be install. It reminds me of win. There is always some type of patches/fixes to be install.
Even a bleeding edge distribution like Ubuntu will not guarantee the latest version of any particular application. Ubuntu 10.4 LTS, for example, is stuck with Firefox 3.6. If it is really important to you that an application is ultimately up to date, you pretty much have to bypass your distribution and go to the source.

Firefox will actually update itself nicely. On a single-user machine I would install it in your home dir and let it auto-update. With more users, I would roll a slackbuild. One can repackage their binary or build it (thankfully, Firefox does not seem to have any dependencies and usually builds just fine).

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So, assuming that I upgrade to the latest version of Slackware, is there an upgrade procedure or do I just backup my personal stuff and do a clean install?
There is such a procedure, and I found it easier than reinstalling. The instructions are in UPGRADE.TXT on the DVD. If you are going 13.0 -> 13.37, you should read two files--from 13.1 and 13.37--so that you know what changed and which packages were obsoleted. I actually upgraded from 13.0 to 13.37 directly without any problems.
 
Old 08-22-2011, 03:05 AM   #12
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BROX, so every time there some applications upgrades I need to upgrade the oper sys?
Well, not EVERY time, but as you noticed this time you should (to get the right version of libstdc++.so).
 
Old 08-22-2011, 03:37 AM   #13
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So I went ahead and downloaded firefox-4.0 and did an upgrade and this is the message that I got: /usr/lib/firefox-4.0/firefox-bin: /usr/lib/libstdc++.so.6: version `GLIBCXX_3.4.14' not found (required by /usr/lib/firefox-4.0/libxul.so)

I had to basically reinstall 3.5, I think, so I couldn't install it.

I guess I have to upgrade to the latest version of slackware. Right now I'm running 13.0.
I guess you downloaded the slackware-13.37 binary package mozilla-firefox-4.0-i486-2.txz which had been built from source on slackware-13.37, so it will not run on older systems. You could have better success if you downloaded the corresponding source from the slackware-13.37 mirror and built it yourself on your 13.0 system (just run the mozilla-firefox.SlackBuild script as root). Or you could fetch a prebuilt binary from mozilla.org. (I can confirm that a firefox-6.0 binary from mozilla.org runs on Slackware-12.0).
 
Old 08-22-2011, 11:10 PM   #14
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Petri, I think you are right about the binary package. But what I'm going to install the latest version today and I will take it from there. Thanks to all for your replies. I will let you know how it goes.
 
Old 08-23-2011, 03:28 AM   #15
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It is so simple to upgrade Slackware from one version to the next, that if new Slack comes out, there would be no need to stick to the older version. Just follow the UPGRADE.txt and CHANGES_AND_HINTS.txt and you are fine.

But before going to compile upgrade from source, go to your slackware's respective patches directory

ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...ches/packages/

and look through all the security updates. For slack 13.0 and 13.1, there is Firefox 3.6.16 available and for Slack 13.37, there is already 5.0.1. Please try to kee all these patches installed at all times. Program called slackpkg is a great help for doing this.

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