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    Re: How to remove Firefox 3.0 after install of Firefox 3.5?

    I have wondered if I were to export all of my bookmarks from FF and then remove everything related to Firefox and reinstall 3.5 and import my bookmarks back. Would this be a bad idea? I don't have any problems with 3,0, but like the idea of having the "latest and greatest". I'm running 8.04 and 3.5 doesn't show up in Synaptic.

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    Re: How to remove Firefox 3.0 after install of Firefox 3.5?

    Quote Originally Posted by GSam View Post
    I have wondered if I were to export all of my bookmarks from FF and then remove everything related to Firefox and reinstall 3.5 and import my bookmarks back. Would this be a bad idea? I don't have any problems with 3,0, but like the idea of having the "latest and greatest". I'm running 8.04 and 3.5 doesn't show up in Synaptic.
    If you're bothered about your bookmarks you could get the addon 'foxmarks'. It lets you store your bookmarks on a central server somewhere, and then wherever you install foxmarks you have access to them. Great if you have a windows/ubuntu dual boot system, or want to access your bookmarks from your work/mates PC. You can create folders like work/home etc so your co-workers aren't upset by your gut-wrenching pornography links...

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    Re: How to remove Firefox 3.0 after install of Firefox 3.5?

    First of all, most of these questions are answered in the Firefox optimization and troubleshooting thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by abcuser View Post
    Hi,
    on Ubuntu 9.04 I have installed Firefox 3.5. I would like to uninstlal Firefox 3.0 to preserve disk space. I did the following in Terminal:
    sudo apt-get --purge remove firefox
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo rm -rf ~/.mozilla

    But writting firefox to terminal Firefox 3.0 still appears. It looks like it wasn't removed from my system. How to uninstall Firefox 3.0 from my computer?
    Regards
    You should not remove Firefox 3.0.11

    About the deletion of ~/.mozilla:

    Note: I don't know why everyone recommends moving, renaming or deleting ~/.mozilla folder to solve Firefox issues. The ~/.mozilla folder is also the place where other Mozilla applications stores their profiles (Thunderbird, Sunbird, etc), so deleting this folder will delete their settings too.

    Firefox profiles are stored under ~/.mozilla/firefox folder. So if you need to remove a Firefox profile to fix a problem, then delete, rename or move ~/.mozilla/firefox not ~/.mozilla. Nevertheless, removing an entire profile is usually unnecessary and must be avoided, since just a few profile files are the usual culprits, otherwise you will remove all Firefox settings, extensions, themes, bookmarks and so on.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    If you have already done it, you will already have lost all your configuration, cookies, bookmarks and history, etc etc, as you deleted the ~./mozilla folder. That could be a problem, unless you copied all of them over to the 3.5 config, wherever that is kept. However, often, it is not only suggested, but required, that the old firefox remains until the final version of the new comes out. Perhaps I'm behind the times and the final of 3.5 is already here for ubuntu, but if so, I'm not aware of the fact.
    When you install Firefox 3.5 it copies the profiles from ~/.mozilla/firefox/ to ~/.mozilla/firefox-3.5/. But since the OP deleted the ~/.mozilla/ folder, then all profiles are gone.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    OK, having just looked in synaptic, I see FF3.5 is now available. I was not aware of that and assume that as update notifyer does not flag it that FF3.0.11 is not going to be overtaken automatically by FF3.5.

    Will the two versions live side by side with FF3.5 using other config files or will it automatically use the config in ~/.mozilla that is used by FF3.0.11? I will have a search of any stickies about this in the meantime, but would like to hear from anyone who has got 3.5 and has had no problems with it.
    Currently, Firefox 3.5 is installed side-by-side and it imports the profiles as explained above. Nevertheless, it seems that Firefox 3.0.11 will indeed be updated to 3.5 soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Yes, jaunty proposed has 3.5 final, but the standard security and recommended have the beta4. I don't know how different they are, but at the moment some extensions for 3.0.11 will not work on 3.5, so I shall stick with 3.0.11 for the moment.
    You can disable the extension checking. Refer to the Firefox optimization and troubleshooting thread for instructions.


    Quote Originally Posted by GSam View Post
    I have wondered if I were to export all of my bookmarks from FF and then remove everything related to Firefox and reinstall 3.5 and import my bookmarks back. Would this be a bad idea? I don't have any problems with 3,0, but like the idea of having the "latest and greatest". I'm running 8.04 and 3.5 doesn't show up in Synaptic.
    You can export all your settings, including bookmarks, using FEBE extension (see Backup section of my tutorial) then import back to any Firefox installation. This is not only possible, but highly recommended, because Firefox profiles can easily become corrupted. However, removing Firefox is not a good idea. Besides, as explained above, Firefox 3.5 will automatically copy your Firefox 3.0.11 profiles from ~/.mozilla/firefox/ to ~/mozilla/firefox-3.5/. You can use Firefox 3.5 sise-by-side with 3.0.11, because once you profiles are copied to the 3.5 folder, any changes to it won't affect the 3.0.11 profiles.

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