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Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 14:47
by ilu
Does anybody know of a good way to regularly get updated firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions? I know there is a flatpak repo by fedora but I'd prefer a regular repo - something official would be best but mozilla seems to not have any update feature for linux users ... Or maybe I should try flatpak? I really hate that concept but in this case ... did anybody try?

If I tried to get it from sid or exp would that collide with the regular install from solydxk repos? I need all versions side-by-side.

Another possibility could be to use the nightly version as root in a VM and use the in-buiilt update feature. I'm just testing things but still not thrilled ...

There should be a way to script the update process too ....

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 16:25
by grizzler
ilu wrote:
04 Sep 2019 14:47
If I tried to get it from sid or exp would that collide with the regular install from solydxk repos? I need all versions side-by-side.
Actually, what's in sid isn't the nightly. It's the default, non-esr version (and looking at the package tracker, I don't see the nightly in experimental either). That one is called 'firefox' and can be installed without interfering with the esr version ('firefox-esr'), as far as I'm aware.
Another possibility could be to use the nightly version as root in a VM and use the in-buiilt update feature. I'm just testing things but still not thrilled ...

There should be a way to script the update process too ....
Years ago, when I started using Linux, my distro of choice was completely useless in keeping the Mozilla apps up-to-date. So I wrote a script to download them from the Mozilla site and although strictly speaking it shouldn't be necessary on SolydXK, I still use it. In fact, it's now much more than just a Mozilla update script. It keeps track of all kinds of non-packaged tools, builds packages when new versions become available and puts them in my local repository, so I can apt-get them with the rest.
It sounds like you could use something like that. However, that would involve installing a local repository as well. A bit much...

If you trust me/my scripting skills, maybe I could see if I could add the nightly to my script set and make the package available from my local repository.

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 16:33
by ilu
I need all distribution channels side by side, at least ESR (already there), regular (already there), and nightly. beta would be bonus. I need to test websites and testing things for SolydXK before they come into the regular version would be nice too.
And of course I trust your scripting, I'm using your distro :-).

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 16:37
by grizzler
Right. I'll see what I can do.

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 17:14
by grizzler
First impression is it should be doable, but it will require a bit of work.

Question: which language version do you want? German or US English?

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 04 Sep 2019 22:25
by ilu
English is fine and easier to use anyway.

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 06 Sep 2019 19:08
by grizzler
Did you get the e-mail I sent you yesterday?

Re: Firefox alpha/beta/nightly versions

Posted: 08 Sep 2019 15:25
by ilu
Yes thank you very much. I just have a very busy next week and a month ahead with ugly deadlines ...