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Old 04-19-2019, 10:13 PM   #1
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Updating Chromium in Slackware 14.2


Hi:

I'm trying to find a way to check to see if the script for Chromium is running everyday like it should.

I followed the instructions here but I'm not sure where to look.

https://www.slackwiki.com/Chromium_browser

I looked in /var/log/cron but didn't see any entries indicating that Chromium was updated today.

How can I confirm that Chromium is being updated?
 
Old 04-20-2019, 03:11 AM   #2
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Is it important for you to get automatic updates? Personally I don't like them, I lose control and there might be nasty surprises. I prefer checking the changelog first. When it comes to chromium, I prefer upgrading using AlienBob's packages, they are reliable and even if he doesn't create packages for each and every release, he does so when something important happens (e.g. security issues)

If you followed the instructions you mentioned to the letter, you should have created a directory named /home/<user>/.cron/ and there's where you'll find the cron settings.

But the instructions are from 2012, and they might not be relevant anymore - I don't know how much chromium has changed over the years. Have you tried running the chromium-update.sh script from a terminal, making sure that it runs properly?
 
Old 04-20-2019, 04:49 AM   #3
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You'd either need to change permissions for the location that chromium resides to allow a regular user to upgrade it or you'd need to run it as root. I don't recommend either solution. Your best option is to do as kgha states and just follow Eric's update schedule... or maybe subscribe to their releases so you're notified when a new one comes out and build it yourself.

If you really want Chromium to be updated as it is in that slackwiki link (which is many years outdated, since the latest release they mention is 13.37, which was released back in 2011), you'd need to save that script, set your INSTALLDIR variable (you can keep it at the default), run it, and then add a cron job to keep it up-to-date. But it looks like you'll need to tweak the script a bit because it will download a version of Chromium from 2016. I'm not sure if they provide pre-compiled binaries for Linux anymore.
 
Old 04-21-2019, 12:36 AM   #4
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I looked here to try to find Eric's update schedule.
I'll have to do some more searching as I haven't found it yet.

https://alien.slackbook.org/blog/las...omium-and-vlc/

I'll try running the script and let you know if it runs.
 
Old 04-22-2019, 02:41 PM   #5
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I just ran the script. It runs fine.
 
Old 04-22-2019, 05:23 PM   #6
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Yes, the script runs, but it gives you a Chromium version from 2016. That is many years out of date and likely leaves you open to many security vulnerabilities.
 
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Yes, the script runs, but it gives you a Chromium version from 2016. That is many years out of date and likely leaves you open to many security vulnerabilities.
Upon running the script I have the current version of Chromium. I checked the current version to make sure.
I have version 73.0.3683.75. This is the pkg from Eric's Slackbuilds.


I'm not good with scripts and I don't know how or where within the script to adjust it so that it would bring the browser up to date.

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Old 04-22-2019, 08:36 PM   #8
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Here's a screenshot of what I currently have.

https://oi1052.photobucket.com/album...Chromium_1.png
 
Old 04-23-2019, 10:50 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Upon running the script I have the current version of Chromium. I checked the current version to make sure.
I have version 73.0.3683.75. This is the pkg from Eric's Slackbuilds.


I'm not good with scripts and I don't know how or where within the script to adjust it so that it would bring the browser up to date.
Is that the script from this link? Because I checked that and the url it uses to determine the latest build is:

Code:
http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-continuous/Linux/LAST_CHANGE
Which provides you 382014.

If you then throw that into the next url (and add the correct ARCH)

Code:
http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-continuous/Linux-x64/382014/chrome-linux.zip
and download that, it is a build from 2016. It is tied to this commit, which can be seen from this link (search for 382014 to find the specific entry).

If you're talking about a different script, I'm unsure where you mentioned it previously in this thread.
 
Old 04-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #10
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This link:

http://commondatastorage.googleapis....rome-linux.zip

Takes me to a page that says:
Code:
No such key code
The specified key does not exist
No such object chromium-browser-continuous/Linux-x64/382014/chrome-linux.zip
For now I have the most up to date version of Chromium that I downloaded from here:
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...um/pkg64/14.2/

Does Eric have a WiKi on how to update Chromium?
I'm asking because I did some searching on his websites and wasn't able to find anything on how how keep it up to date.

Is there another way bassmadrigal to update Chromium other than a script?

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Old 04-23-2019, 03:39 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Does Eric have a WiKi on how to update Chromium?
I'm asking because I did some searching on his websites and wasn't able to find anything on how how keep it up to date.
Easy. It's called "compiling from source".
And it requires knowledge about the chromium build process, because a simple version bump usually does not work.
Usually I refresh the chromium package whenever I notice that a new major release (71, 72, 73) appears or a security release is announced.
However, since Chromium 72 I am no longer able to compile the 32bit package, and I have been spending weeks on end now, trying to find a way (cross-compiling, multilib compiling, installing a 64bit kernel on a 32bit system, compiling in a chroot) and no luck.
I have upgraded my own 64bit computers twice with a newer chromium-73 but never released those packages, hoping I will get a 32bit package compiled eventually. May be that this is the end of me packaging days, it really depresses me.
 
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Thanks for the information and the details Alien Bob.

Much appreciated.
 
Old 04-23-2019, 04:31 PM   #13
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I found the download, thanks again.

https://www.chromium.org/getting-inv...nload-chromium
 
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Oops, it should've been _x64, not -x64 (underscore instead of dash). I was typing it out on my work computer and didn't do a good enough job.

As to your question... if you ran some script and got a 73 version, that might be what you're looking for. I just have a hard time believing it is the script in the slackwiki link.

As Eric said after I started typing this comment, he manually builds them. For some programs, this is usually as easy as a version bump when you find out there's a new release. However, as he stated, Chromium is not one of those packages.

Unless you're absolutely set on using Chromium over a different browser (like Chrome, Firefox, or Vivaldi), there probably isn't any way to easily keep it up to date unless you can track someone, like Eric, who provides pre-compiled binaries. There's probably some debs or rpms with updated versions that you might be able to convert into a working Slackware package, but I'm usually only willing to pursue that when I extract the package and make it into a Slackware package manually (like my discord SlackBuild on SBo).

If you're not set on using Chromium, forum member ruario has provided scripts to keep Vivaldi, Firefox, and Chrome up-to-date. He is a developer for Vivaldi, so he keeps these scripts to allow him to easily compare Vivaldi against its competitors. I use it for my Chrome and it keeps things up-to-date very nicely. But all these projects provide pre-compiled binaries available for Linux. If you can find one that does for Chromium, then it is possible to script it.
 
Old 04-23-2019, 04:58 PM   #15
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Oops, it should've been _x64, not -x64 (underscore instead of dash). I was typing it out on my work computer and didn't do a good enough job.

As to your question... if you ran some script and got a 73 version, that might be what you're looking for. I just have a hard time believing it is the script in the slackwiki link.

As Eric said after I started typing this comment, he manually builds them. For some programs, this is usually as easy as a version bump when you find out there's a new release. However, as he stated, Chromium is not one of those packages.

Unless you're absolutely set on using Chromium over a different browser (like Chrome, Firefox, or Vivaldi), there probably isn't any way to easily keep it up to date unless you can track someone, like Eric, who provides pre-compiled binaries. There's probably some debs or rpms with updated versions that you might be able to convert into a working Slackware package, but I'm usually only willing to pursue that when I extract the package and make it into a Slackware package manually (like my discord SlackBuild on SBo).

If you're not set on using Chromium, forum member ruario has provided scripts to keep Vivaldi, Firefox, and Chrome up-to-date. He is a developer for Vivaldi, so he keeps these scripts to allow him to easily compare Vivaldi against its competitors. I use it for my Chrome and it keeps things up-to-date very nicely. But all these projects provide pre-compiled binaries available for Linux. If you can find one that does for Chromium, then it is possible to script it.
I am really set on using Chromium because it provides me with what I need. I'll see if I can find an rpm that I can convert into a slackpkg to be able to keep Chromium.

I currently use ruario's script to keep my FF browser up to date. So that works good for me. The trouble that I have with FF is that gmail and google searches are a blinding white that my eyes just don't do will with. I tried Vivaldi and I had the same results with the white pages.
Even wearing the dark computer glasses that I have it still isn't enough.

I've tried several times to install Dark Reader on FF and it will not allow me to install it. Instead it just sends me to a page to download the version of FF that I already have installed.

-::::-Chromium is the only browser that works with the Dark Reader extension for me.-::::-

I've tested FF 66 on MX Linux and it will not allow me to install Dark Reader as well. ....so I installed the Chrome browser through the MX Linux PKG Installer.
The good news is that MX 18 keeps Chrome up-to-date for me.

Thank you for your help and advise bassmadrigal. I now have a much better understanding of things now and what I can do for the future.
Sometimes you just have to put forth a little more effort, work a little harder, at things to be able to keep the things you want.
 
  


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