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    64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    Hi, I'm running 64 bit Karmic and I've had mozillateam repositories in my sources.list for some time. last 2 (i think) upgrades went fine, but today, after I tried to upgrade to firefox 3.6.2 (via Update manager) I've encountered a problem.

    Here is the output from the teminal window after I run sudo apt-get install firefox:
    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    firefox is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used.
    Setting up firefox (3.6.2+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~mfs~karmic1) ...
    update-alternatives: error: alternative path /usr/bin/firefox doesn't exist.
    dpkg: error processing firefox (--configure):
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of ubufox:
     ubufox depends on firefox | abrowser | firefox-3.0 | firefox-2; however:
      Package firefox is not configured yet.
      Package abrowser is not installed.
      Package firefox-3.0 is not installed.
      Package firefox which provides firefox-3.0 is not configured yet.
      Package firefox-2 is not installed.
      Package firefox which provides firefox-2 is not configured yet.
    dpkg: error processing ubufox (--configure):
     dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
                              Errors were encountered while processing:
     firefox
     ubufox
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    Firefox icon appears in panel, but when I click on it, I get an error message that says:

    "Failed to execute child process "firefox" (No such file or directory)"

    Any help, please?
    Last edited by Sale; April 3rd, 2010 at 06:09 PM. Reason: adding info

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    First purge everything about that app

    Code:
    sudo apt-get --purge remove yourapp
    Then:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install yourapp

    Which should pull in all dependencies and the app.

    Cheers.
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    -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    Unfortunatelly, it doesn't work

    here is the new terminal output (it seems slightly different to me):

    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
      firefox-branding ubufox
    Suggested packages:
      firefox-gnome-support kmozillahelper
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
      firefox firefox-branding ubufox
    0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0B/12.3MB of archives.
    After this operation, 36.7MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Selecting previously deselected package firefox-branding.
    (Reading database ... 239547 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking firefox-branding (from .../firefox-branding_3.6.2+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~mfs~karmic1_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package firefox.
    Unpacking firefox (from .../firefox_3.6.2+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~mfs~karmic1_amd64.deb) ...
    Selecting previously deselected package ubufox.
    Unpacking ubufox (from .../ubufox_0.8-0ubuntu1_all.deb) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
    Processing triggers for menu ...
    Setting up firefox-branding (3.6.2+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~mfs~karmic1) ...
    Setting up firefox (3.6.2+nobinonly-0ubuntu1~mfs~karmic1) ...
    update-alternatives: error: alternative path /usr/bin/firefox doesn't exist.
    dpkg: error processing firefox (--configure):
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of ubufox:
     ubufox depends on firefox | abrowser | firefox-3.0 | firefox-2; however:
      Package firefox is not configured yet.
      Package abrowser is not installed.
      Package firefox-3.0 is not installed.
      Package firefox which provides firefox-3.0 is not configured yet.
      Package firefox-2 is not installed.
      Package firefox which provides firefox-2 is not configured yet.
    dpkg: error processing ubufox (--configure):
     dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
                              Errors were encountered while processing:
     firefox
     ubufox
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    hmmm...

    After retrying what was suggested here (with unchanged results) and some googling, I decided to have a look at what I have in /usr/bin/ regarding "firefox".

    There were two symlinks. One named "firefox" and the other named "firefox.ubuntu". Clicking on the first one produced an "no such file or directory" error so I deleted it. Clicking on the other one, however, started a full working 64bit Mozilla Team version of Firefox 3.6.2. I'm using it to post this message. After this I just changed the Firefox icon (in the panel) properties to point to "/usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu" instead of the "firefox %s".

    Maybe this will help someone.

    Still, I'm not sure what he problem was, so if anyone is interested in commenting, they are welcome

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    it appears you had the ubuntuzilla version installed previously, which did the firefox.ubuntu diversion. then apparently you decided to try the mozillateam's daily repository, but without doing a proper uninstall of the ubuntuzilla (which would have removed the divert and saved you some confusion). so... to remove the divert, run:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-divert --rename --remove /usr/bin/firefox

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    Quote Originally Posted by nanotube View Post
    it appears you had the ubuntuzilla version installed previously, which did the firefox.ubuntu diversion. then apparently you decided to try the mozillateam's daily repository, but without doing a proper uninstall of the ubuntuzilla (which would have removed the divert and saved you some confusion). so... to remove the divert, run:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-divert --rename --remove /usr/bin/firefox
    Thanks for the explanation nanotube.I did have ubuntuzilla installed. I did as you said, as I assume that this will prevent any future confusion. I've changed the ff launcher path back to "firefox %s" and it works.

    Still...as much as I remember, I did at least one upgrade from the mozillateam repo (i.e. installed a ff version from a mozillateam repo and later on upgraded it to a newer version), before this one, and I didn't have these problems...I guess there was a step somewhere along the line that I forgot about...

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    I was having the same problem after upgrading to lucid. After purging firefox from the system I was able to use nanotube's tip and now everything works. Cheers to all of you guys...

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    I tried the below:

    charles@charles-laptop:/usr/bin$ sudo dpkg-divert --rename --remove /usr/bin/firefox
    Removing `local diversion of /usr/bin/firefox to /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu'
    dpkg-divert: rename involves overwriting `/usr/bin/firefox' with
    different file `/usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu', not allowed

    My problem is I am stuck on Firefox 3.5.3. I cannot seem to get the system to update to any more recent version in the 3.6.X releases. What gives here? I'm running X64 version of Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop.

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    Hi,
    I take it you have used the ubuntuzilla.py script to install earlier?

    if so, run "ubuntuzilla.py -a remove -p firefox" - that will remove all the ubuntuzilla stuff and let you get back to ubuntu repos.

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    Re: 64 bit Can't install Firefox 3.6.2

    Quote Originally Posted by nanotube View Post
    it appears you had the ubuntuzilla version installed previously, which did the firefox.ubuntu diversion. then apparently you decided to try the mozillateam's daily repository, but without doing a proper uninstall of the ubuntuzilla (which would have removed the divert and saved you some confusion). so... to remove the divert, run:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg-divert --rename --remove /usr/bin/firefox
    Thanks, that works ! Still, people that need to change this diversion, you have to change the divert with firefox uninstalled. Then re-install.

    That is why cejack got his error msg.

    Thanks nanotube.
    Last edited by C64HCS; January 24th, 2011 at 08:30 AM.

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