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Thread: Firefox editing

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Firefox editing

    Heya guys,

    I wanted to try to modify some packages so I started with firefox, to change my default bookmarks.

    These are the things I've done:
    1) Downloaded firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu20_i386.deb

    Then I converted it to a .tgz file with alien
    2) sudo alien --to-tgz firefox_1.0.7-0ubuntu20_i386.deb

    I extracted the tgz >>
    3) tar -zxf firefox-1.0.7.tgz

    Then you get 3 directories: usr, etc and var. (for easy i've removed the .tgz file)
    I put them together again:
    4) tar -czf firefox-1.0.7.tgz {etc,usr,var}
    Made a debian file:
    5) sudo alien --to-deb firefox-1.0.7.tgz
    And I installed the debian file:
    6) sudo dpkg -i firefox_1.0.7-2_all.deb

    But for reasons this doens't work...
    If I just do steps 1, 2, 5 and 6 it does work.

    Anybody has an idea why this doesn't work? There aren't any hidden files either...


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Re: Firefox editing

    it worked without your help:

    sudo apt-get build-dep firefox
    sudo apt-get install build-essential devscripts
    apt-get source firefox
    cd into the firefox folder, make your changes
    dch -i (this edits the changelog and increases the version number)
    dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
    Install the newly created .deb file



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