Firefox won't install any Firefox plugins or run anything in Ubunto OR Fedora

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  1. cheater87

    cheater87 Registered Member

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    WHYo_O This started happening when I updated to 9.04 for Ubuntu. Nothing would install so I tried Fedora and STILL nothing.
     
  2. chronomatic

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    What plugins exactly? I am on Fedora 10 here and all FF plugins work for me.
     
  3. cheater87

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    Flash player and some other plug ins needed when visiting youtube or mywot.com
     
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    Flash plugin you have to install either manually, or from the repositories, it won't work if you try doing it in Firefox when it prompts you while browsing etc.
     
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    Just go to Add/Remove, All Available Application and search for Ubuntu restricted extras, tick the box and Apply Changes.
     
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    cheater, I beg you:

    When asking for help, GO INTO DETAILS! It's impossible to help you when you state problems in just a few curt, clipped sentences. You need to be exact, post exact errors codes - this means running the app from the command line and watching what happens - and anything else that might help.

    Furthermore, did you try other browsers, did you try to install flash plugin on your own? Details, details ...

    Please read your own posts and tell me if they help you understand what you ask. Help us help you help you.

    Mrk
     
  7. lotuseclat79

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    The problem with upgrades to Ubuntu and Firefox Add-on extensions is that the developers of the Add-ons do not exactly keep the add-ons up-to-date with newer versions of Firefox let alone new versions of the OS, e.g. Ubuntu 9.04 which may use a more up-to-date version of Firefox.

    The problem is fixable for most add-ons, however, as I have found out. It is in the value of the maxVersion value in the install.rdf file. It can easily be editeded to allow the extension to work when a new version of Firefox is release if the add-on does not work. You may have to issue the chmod ugo+w install.rdf command to allow permission to edit the install.rdf file or issue the chmod command with a sudo prefix if it has only root permissions.

    I just edit the value to fit future releases. You think it is a problem now, just wait until Firefox bumps up from 3.0.9 to not 3.1, but 3.5! I have the problem using 3.1b4, so I have backed off to using 3.0.9 where they all work now. I'll wait until 3.5 gets released rather than fix the problem w/the 3.1b4. There are some features I do not like, and some that I do with the newer Firefox beta release.

    -- Tom
     
  8. Eice

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    Considering how Ubuntu ships with Fx 3.0.8, I doubt that.

    Extensions breaking for new releases are common, but I've rarely seen any that break for minor point updates.
     
  9. lotuseclat79

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    Hi Eice,

    It all depends on the value the author of the Add-on posted for maxVersion. If it is not very inclusive, then it usually breaks, otherwise, the author with foresight makes it inclusive for future anticipated releases.

    Since I have about 24 add-ons, I tend to see the problem a lot. Those with a considerable lesser amount of add-ons won't necessarily see the problem. How many do you have?

    You can check your extensions by doing the following to access how severe the problem may get in the future:
    $ cd .mozilla/firefox/*.default/extensions
    $ find . -name "install.rdf" -exec grep 'maxVersion' {} \; -print

    -- Tom
     
  10. lotuseclat79

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    Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 released yesterday available here. Release Notes here.

    Firefox 3.0.10 released yesterday available here. Release Notes here.

    -- Tom
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  11. cheater87

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    I feel stupid haha. I was making new partitions with smaller and smaller sizes instead of putting it on the partition that Ubuntu was on before. I went to windows reformatted the partitions and installed it. Everything is now working.
     
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