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    Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    When I was ofered the upgrade to Hardy Heron I thought it was time to move ahead and sat through the 2+ hours it took.

    Much to my consternation all of my customizations were lost including the ability to have full function of my Logitech Mouse buttons.

    Then I fired-up the new Firefox, ver 3.b5, and things were even worse. 15 out of 22 add-ons don't work, half of the tool bar buttons are missing and when I right click on the tool bar and then customize the box with the buttons doesn't open. Basically speaking, FF is unusable as it is now.

    I only have 3 questions;

    1-Why, everytime I upgrade, I have to spend hours customizing my setup?

    2-Is there an easy way to to recover my settings or do I have to do it one at a time?

    3-How can I install an earlier version of FF, 2.0.0.13 preferably, and at least be able surf the way I want?

    To say I'm very upset would be an understatement...

    Thanks for any soothing advice,

    Jon
    Last edited by Romin-1; April 30th, 2008 at 04:52 PM.
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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    1. Because it is a whole OS upgrade Compare it to a windows to vista upgrade or as a OS/X upgrade (in which you basically need to buy a new computer) It is always painful, I do wish it wasn't since I'll upgrade today as well, but that's how it works. This is also the reason I try not to upgrade unless it is necessary, the live CD seems to work in my comp and I have the time to set it up, I kept feisty for a year now and the problem is that repos no longer give me updates so I'll have to upgrade. The good thing about hardy is that it is a LTS so I might be allowed to stay with it for a longer time.

    2. I have no idea, first of all most of your settings must have stayed... sudo apt-get dist-upgrade or the one in the update-manager don't touch /home I have no idea what method you used to upgrade, did you use the CD to install or did you use the update-manager? The later is supposed to keep your settings.

    It depends on your settings, I have no idea whatsoever as to what a logitech mouse is, so no help there .

    3. There is one in the repositories.

    IMHO, get used to firefox 3, it is hard in the first place but later it really shows how much of an improvement it is . I don't know about what half of the toolbar buttons you are talking about, I didn't have this issue, I am sure you can add them back though? Plugins are a problem, but you can wait, now that heron is forcing firefox 3 on everybody the plugin makers should get more updates, even though most of the plugins I loved didn't have this issue.

    Well after typing that last paragraph I read more in your post, and it sounds as if you got to a bad firefox bug, tips:
    - go to synaptic and force a firefox 3 reinstall.
    - backup /home/username/.mozilla then delete that folder (this will force firefox 3 to give you a brand new account)

    Anyways, you can recover firefox 2 from the repos if that's what you want.
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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Thanks for the reply, vexorian.

    What I meant was Firefox will not allow me to customize the toolbars. No Back/Forward, Bookmark/Bookmark Manager buttons among others. Stylish is gone, Custom Buttons are gone. Even my home page is gone. Cannot install/uninstall addons...ad nasium. At this point FF is a total waste.

    Tried your suggestion and uninstalled ver 3 and installed ver2 with no joy whatsoever.

    Not many problems with Hardy Heron though. Sad thing is I'm having to reply on my Vista machine.

    The upgrade was done online which I feel now was a BIG mistake. Gonna wait a couple days till I cool off and burn an iso and try again,,,maybe.

    Right now I got a 20 pound paperweight.

    Thanks again,

    Jon
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    Which, in Ubuntu, is most of the time.
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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Did you try deleting your profile and letting FF3 make a new one?

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Romin-1 View Post
    Thanks for the reply, vexorian.

    What I meant was Firefox will not allow me to customize the toolbars. No Back/Forward, Bookmark/Bookmark Manager buttons among others. Stylish is gone, Custom Buttons are gone. Even my home page is gone. Cannot install/uninstall addons...ad nasium. At this point FF is a total waste.

    Tried your suggestion and uninstalled ver 3 and installed ver2 with no joy whatsoever.

    Not many problems with Hardy Heron though. Sad thing is I'm having to reply on my Vista machine.

    The upgrade was done online which I feel now was a BIG mistake. Gonna wait a couple days till I cool off and burn an iso and try again,,,maybe.

    Right now I got a 20 pound paperweight.

    Thanks again,

    Jon
    In FF does view/toolbars/customize work?

    As far as your settings, if you look in you home .mozilla/firefox folder, how many settings folders are there? For me, I had to move the new default settings out and replace it with a recent backup I had to get my bookmarks back. This may work assuming you have a backup?!

    As for 2.0.x addons not working in ffb3, well this cannot really be blamed on ubuntu. I would imagine it may take some time for individual add-on developers to test their addons for ff3 compatibility.

    As for your logitech settings, did you backup before upgrading? if so you can probably copy/paste your old settings back into your new xorg.conf file. If you didn't backup (its ok... not many people do!) there are quite a few good tutorials for mouse settings in xorg.

    Edit -
    Just to clarify... I did not replace the entire default folder in home/.mozilla/firefox, just the parts that were not working... for me this was the bookmarks file...
    Last edited by cubeist; April 30th, 2008 at 08:34 PM.

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Here's where we are, so far;

    xorg was a snap. The Heron is a happy bird now.

    Bunny-too says all my folders are root and since I'm not the OWNER I can't do a darn thing with the files...Was going to delete the Localstore.rdf file which usually works in FF on my other machines. Uh yeah, this is a dedicated machine. Ubuntu only.

    I do know we have to wait for the developers to catch up with the addons but I cannot get rid of the bad ones or even disable them. They may be the cause of some of the problems.

    How can I get this thing to recognize me as the owner so I can do some work on the files?

    Many thanks, guys

    Jon
    "Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing".
    Which, in Ubuntu, is most of the time.
    Abdominal Primate, Firefox 2.0.0.13, T-Bird 2.0.0.9>3.6G Dual, 3.2G RAM

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Romin-1 View Post
    Here's where we are, so far;

    xorg was a snap. The Heron is a happy bird now.

    Bunny-too says all my folders are root and since I'm not the OWNER I can't do a darn thing with the files...Was going to delete the Localstore.rdf file which usually works in FF on my other machines. Uh yeah, this is a dedicated machine. Ubuntu only.

    I do know we have to wait for the developers to catch up with the addons but I cannot get rid of the bad ones or even disable them. They may be the cause of some of the problems.

    How can I get this thing to recognize me as the owner so I can do some work on the files?

    Many thanks, guys

    Jon
    Do you mean that your files and folders in your home directory are all root:root?
    Or is it a permission issue? Can you post a sample of ls -al from your home directory?

    edit -
    I have no idea what you mean by "bunny-too" What is that?

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Bunny-too was just a play on the word 'Ubuntu'.

    When I open a file in home,firefox is when I see the statement that I can't change anything 'cause I'm not the owner. All files are listed undr permissions as 'Root'. Delete is greyed out as well as a couple other things. Cannot get a screen shot 'cause I don't have anything setup to do so thus far.

    Thanks again,

    Jon

    As for Customizing the toolbar, nothing works. In View or right click.
    "Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing".
    Which, in Ubuntu, is most of the time.
    Abdominal Primate, Firefox 2.0.0.13, T-Bird 2.0.0.9>3.6G Dual, 3.2G RAM

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Romin-1 View Post
    Bunny-too was just a play on the word 'Ubuntu'.

    When I open a file in home,firefox is when I see the statement that I can't change anything 'cause I'm not the owner. All files are listed undr permissions as 'Root'. Delete is greyed out as well as a couple other things. Cannot get a screen shot 'cause I don't have anything setup to do so thus far.

    Thanks again,

    Jon

    As for Customizing the toolbar, nothing works. In View or right click.
    buny-too duh! should have got that!

    you don't have to post a screen shot... just copy and paste a few lines so we can see if there is a permissions problem (fixable with chmod) or a ownership problem (fixable with chown)

    for example if I type ls -al in terminal at my home folder the first line I get is
    drwxr-xr-x 5 john john 4096 2008-04-19 14:53 Adds

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    Re: Ticked off to the max-Upgrade woes!!

    I wasn't going through terminal to get to the folders. Was going via Home-File Sets-Inc-Firefox.

    Duh! What's next?

    Many kudos for your patience,

    Jon
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