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Old 04-12-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
crabbyfogey
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Firefox reinstall


Using FF59--can't tell you how much I hate it. would like to go back to FF55. Downloaded a tarbell, so now what? I have hardly any experience with terminal and need intructions to do the reinstall.
 
Old 04-12-2018, 08:21 PM   #2
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If it's a tarball, you probably need to compile the software from sources. As long as you have the required libraries, that's nowhere nearly so complex as it sounds.

Here's a tutorial on how to do so on Ubuntu: https://www.howtogeek.com/105413/how...rce-on-ubuntu/

A web search for "compile from sources ubuntu" will turn up lots more.
 
Old 04-13-2018, 04:17 AM   #3
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Easiest way is what I do on Slackware:
  1. Remove distribution's firefox:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove firefox
  2. Download binary tarball from here for x64 or here for x86
  3. Extract anywhere:
    Code:
    tar xf firefox-55.0.3.tar.bz2
  4. Simlink the executable:
    Code:
    sudo ln -s firefox-55.0.3/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox
  5. Enjoy
 
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Old 04-13-2018, 04:52 AM   #4
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You use apt-get on Slackware?
 
Old 04-13-2018, 07:10 AM   #5
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You use apt-get on Slackware?
Of course not. I provided the instructions for OP, whom on the left displays an "linuxubuntu" icon. Mine is an educated guess.

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Old 04-19-2018, 01:07 AM   #6
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You don't need to use a terminal to work with the Firefox tarball (assume you mean a file ending with tar.bz2). Use your favored file manager, extract the contents of the file, which should result in a folder named firefox. Move the folder to your preferred location (under Debian or derivatives, ~/bin is a good place), and fiddle with whatever you use to launch apps to launch Firefox. Easy, peasy.
 
Old 04-20-2018, 10:47 AM   #7
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Using FF59--can't tell you how much I hate it. would like to go back to FF55. Downloaded a tarbell, so now what? I have hardly any experience with terminal and need intructions to do the reinstall.
just untar it and exec the firefox binary inside
once started open preferences and set as default
this will create a firefox.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications/
you just need to remove NoDisplay from it and add Icon=firefox

Code:
#!/bin/bash
## to run do   sh this-script.sh
## some icon locations/sizes may be incorrect due to updates
## assuming thunderbird/ is extracted in ~/Downloads/
  for i in 16x16 22x22 24x24 32x32 48x48 256x256; do
    mkdir -pv ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/
    cp -v ~/Downloads/thunderbird/chrome/icons/default/default${i/x*}.png \
              ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/thunderbird.png
  done
## assuming firefox/ is extracted in ~/Downloads/
  for i in 16x16 32x32 48x48 64x64 128x128; do
    mkdir -pv ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/
    cp -v ~/Downloads/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/default${i/x*}.png \
              ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/firefox.png
  done
## obsolete as of 59.0.2
#  mkdir -pv ~/.icons/hicolor/128x128/apps/
#  cp -v ~/Downloads/firefox/browser/icons/mozicon128.png \
#            ~/.icons/hicolor/128x128/apps/firefox.png
## assuming firefox-nightly/ is extracted in ~/Downloads/
  for i in 16x16 32x32 48x48 64x64 128x128; do
    mkdir -pv ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/
    cp -v ~/Downloads/firefox-nightly/browser/chrome/icons/default/default${i/x*}.png \
              ~/.icons/hicolor/$i/apps/firefox-nightly.png
  done
install-firefox-linux
installing-thunderbird-linux
support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/answer

Last edited by ilovepenquins; 04-22-2018 at 02:35 AM.
 
Old 04-22-2018, 05:49 PM   #8
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Thx a lot guys! I didn't completely understand everything I read, but I have a direction to go. Backed up all my files and, if I screw something up really bad, I can do a clean install. That will give me FF50. Sooner or later, I'll get it figured out. Thanks again.
 
  


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