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Old 09-15-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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How to upgrade Firefox, but not to latest version?


I'm using Ubuntu 11.04. I have Firefox 3.6 on the machine and want to upgrade to Firefox 5. I don't want to go all the way to the latest version (FF 6) because it doesn't yet support some of the add-ons that I want to use. Can I use the package manager to upgrade to version 5, and if so, how?

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Old 09-15-2011, 12:18 PM   #2
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I don't run Ubuntu 11.04 but 10.04LTS instead. If you have synaptic package manager installed in Ubuntu 11.04. You can lock a application version using synaptic so it won't upgrade.

Install Firefox 4 first I guess from Ubuntu repositories. Upgrade to 5 next. Then lock version in synaptic.
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How do I "Upgrade to 5 next"? That is essentially my question. - Dave
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Make sure the repository containing FF5 is active and package list is updated. Afterwards easiest way to install certain version from some application is using aptitude package manager in terminal. Just open you favorite terminal, execute 'sudo aptitude', search for firefox and install version you like.
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What specific command would I use with aptitude? With regards to the repositories, everything I've found (like this site -- ), advises me to ran these commands (after adding the appropriate repository)

sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install firefox
and that will take me to Firefox 6, which I don't want.

Thanks, - Dave
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From the apt-get man page,
           A specific version of a package can be selected for installation by following the package name with an equals
           and the version of the package to select. This will cause that version to be located and selected for install.
           Alternatively a specific distribution can be selected by following the package name with a slash and the
           version of the distribution or the Archive name (stable, testing, unstable).
so use,
sudo apt-get install firefox=5
(note: this fails on my system, probably because I'm using the debian squeeze repos)

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