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Old 02-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Firefox doesn't start after the update

I updated Firefox after installing fresh LMDE with:

sudo apt-get install firefox
After Firefox was installed, it doesn't want to start anymore when I click the icon in the Menu.

This is what I get when started from terminal:

zoki@lmde ~/Desktop $ firefox
failed to create drawable
ignoring too large interface: nsIDOMCSS2Properties
After this I went to FF site and downloaded the latest FF, which is 10.02 at the moment.

I downloaded latest FF into /usr/bin/firefox10 folder and edited Main Menu so that it runs FF from new location. This version works ok (the downloaded version).

Now, since I am kinda new to Linux, does this have any negative sides? Because I didn't install Firefox by apt-get install firefox command. ? ? ?

And when I go to Synaptic, I do not have the FF 10.02 version... I have version 9 listed there, which won't start.

What happens when I want to update this 10.02 version of Firefox in the future? Will I also need to manually download firefox archive and unpack it to a certain folder...

Why isn't the latest version of FF installed when I try install it via apt-get install firefox ?

Old 02-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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The way you installed firefox manually should make it okay to remove the other one with the package manager. You will have to manually update the new one the same way you installed it. It is quite likely that the package manager will have access to a working version in short order, however.

Upgrades in the package management systems are not instantaneous and often require reworking a lot of other packages, so repositories often lag behind software releases by months (very occasionally by years). Your solution was not a bad one.
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