Debian 10 Gnome and Firefox 88

Alexzee

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Sadly I hosed my Firefox 78-esr that came with my fresh Debian installation.

I went into the Preferences> Language and Appearance> Colors> and changed the background for my tabs to black so I wouldn't be so blinded by the white background. When I ticked the box to do that always it made all of my pages black and I couldn't see anything on the pages.

Because of that I had to install the new version of FF which btw, runs fine.

In order to launch FF I have to go to my Downloads directory where I downloaded the tar.gz of FF and click on the FF folder.

Is there a way to add the FF icon to my gnome launcher?
 


Alexzee

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Why not just purge Firefox ESR, make sure your profile (in /home/user/.mozilla) is deleted, and then reinstall it?
I tried purging FF ESR and it brings me right back to the exact same issue's with black pages and I can't see anything.

A reinstall keeps the settings.

I don't want the ESR that comes with Debian. The blinding white pages give me headaches.

I'd like to be able to add the FF icon to my launcher if that's possible.
 

KGIII

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I'm not a Gnome user, but someone here will know. Someone's bound to use Gnome. It's pretty popular.

Did you delete the .mozilla folder? It may need to be deleted manually was my thinking.

I did find this: https://forums.centos.org/viewtopic.php?t=70511 But, again, I don't use Gnome. Of all the DEs out there, that's one of my least favorite. So, I can't vouch for the success.
 

craigevil

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Create a desktop file, this is what I use for LibreWolf:
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Name=LibreWolf
Comment=Secure Web Browser
GenericName=Web Browser
Exec=/home/pi/Downloads/LibreWolf-88.0-1.aarch64.AppImage
Icon=/home/pi/Pictures/librewolf.png
Type=Application
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;application/x-xpinstall;application/pdf;application/json;
StartupWMClass=LibreWolf
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
StartupNotify=true
Terminal=false
X-MultipleArgs=false
Keywords=Internet;WWW;Browser;Web;Explorer;
Name[en_US]=LibreWolf
Save that then Copy that to ./local/share/applications

or you can follow my ancient post:
 

Alexzee

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Create a desktop file, this is what I use for LibreWolf:
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Name=LibreWolf
Comment=Secure Web Browser
GenericName=Web Browser
Exec=/home/pi/Downloads/LibreWolf-88.0-1.aarch64.AppImage
Icon=/home/pi/Pictures/librewolf.png
Type=Application
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;application/x-xpinstall;application/pdf;application/json;
StartupWMClass=LibreWolf
Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
StartupNotify=true
Terminal=false
X-MultipleArgs=false
Keywords=Internet;WWW;Browser;Web;Explorer;
Name[en_US]=LibreWolf
Save that then Copy that to ./local/share/applications

or you can follow my ancient post:
Thanks I'll do that and let you know how it goes.

BTW, I don't have a .png for the icon so what path would I give for the icon?
 
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KGIII

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*IF* you want to go back to the ESR release, I just tested on Debian (Xfce, not Gnome) and I had to delete the .mozilla folder manually after purging firefox-esr.

I was then able to reinstall it and it had a completely new profile.

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It did require manually removing the .mozilla folder, which was recreated when the new installation was opened for the first time.

So, if you want to go back to the ESR version, it looks possible and pretty painless.

Edit: You can probably just close Firefox, delete the .mozilla folder, and restart Firefox. I just tested that too.
 

Alexzee

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I created the desktop file and copied it to /usr/share/applications/
I don't have anything on the desktop so what am I missing?
 

craigevil

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I created the desktop file and copied it to /usr/share/applications/
I don't have anything on the desktop so what am I missing?
Sorry copy it to .local/share/applications
 

Alexzee

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Sorry copy it to .local/share/applications
Ok, I copied it to .local/share/applications

debian:~$ cd .local/share/applications
@debian:~/.local/share/applications$ ls
Firefox

FF is still not showing on my desktop or in my Gnome launcher.

Any ideas?

I looked in /usr/share/pixmaps and I don't have a FF icon in there.
Maybe that's the problem?
 
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Alexzee

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I tried downloading the .png of the FF icon and change the desktop entry file to point it to where I put the .png in pixmaps. Still no joy.

Screenshot from 2021-05-05 15-59-05.png
 
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