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Friday·28·October·2011

Conkeror usable on Ubuntu again despite XULRunner removal //at 00:08 //by abe

from the annoying-pissing-contest dept.

Because of the very annoying new Mozilla release politics (which look like a pissing contest with the similar annoying Google Chrome/Chromium release schedule), Ubuntu kicked out Mozilla XULRunner with its recent release of 11.10 Oneiric. And with XULRunner, Ubuntu also kicked out Conkeror and all other XULRunner reverse dependencies, too. Meh.

Sparked by this thread on the Conkeror mailing list, I extended the Debian package’s /usr/bin/conkeror wrapper script so that it looks for firefox in the search path, too, if no xulrunner* is found, and added an alternative dependency on firefox versions greater or equal to 3.5, too.

From now on, if the wrapper script finds no xulrunner but firefox in the search path, it calls firefox -app instead of xulrunner-$VERSION to start Conkeror.

With the expection of the about:-page showing the orange-blue Firefox logo and claiming that this is “Firefox $CONKEROR_VERSION”, it works as expected on my Toshiba AC100 netbook running the armel port of Ubuntu 11.10.

From version 1.0~~pre+git1110272207-~nightly1 on, the Conkeror Nightly Built Debian Packages will be installable on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric again without the need to install or keep XULRunner version from Ubuntu 11.04 Natty.

For those who don’t want to use the nightly builds, I created a (currently still empty) specific PPA for Conkeror where I’ll probably upload all the conkeror packages I upload to Debian Unstable.

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