Firefox nightly builds and coexistence with 1.0.6?

Darryl Clarke smartssa at
Wed Jul 27 05:45:42 UTC 2005

On 7/26/05, ausaitis <ausaitis at> wrote:
> Having recently transitioned from Windows XP to ubuntu, I would like to
> continue testing both Firefox and Thunderbird nightly builds as I have
> been doing under XP for a very long time. I would, however, like to keep
> a stable version of FF and TB installed alongside the nightly builds.
> Clearly, installing FF 1.0.6 from the sec rep is easy enough, but for
> the life of me I can't work out how to install an additional nightly
> build so that it uses its own separate directories for both binaries and
> profile. The same question would also hold true for Thunderbird.
> I have downloaded the tar.gz files from the Mozilla ftp and I have
> installed Firefox by placing the binaries in a /opt/firefox directory. I
> then created a custom app launcher under Gnome and provided the path to
> /opt/firefox/firefox  with the -p option to create a separate profile
> folder, but at this point it insists on running the existing 1.0.6
> installation and ignoring the nightly?
> Would some one be able to walk me through the steps necessary to achieve
> my objectives please?

The 'firefox' that you are attempting to run is actually a shell
script that ends up running the system installed one.

Somewhere under your unpacked /opt/firefox you should find a
firefox-bin (it's normally found in /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/) - run
that directly and you should be able to use both.

~ Darryl  ~ smartssa at /

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list