21 March 2013

365. Compile firefox 19 on Debian Testing/Wheezy

There are issues with the official firefox binary since it's a 32 bit build and Wheezy isn't handling multiarch properly yet (plenty of conflicts between 32 and 64 bit packages)

So here's how to build a proper 64 bit firefox 19 on debian testing:

sudo apt-get install bzip2 build-essential python zip unzip pkg-config libgtk2.0-dev gconf2 libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev yasm libasound2-dev libcurl4-gnutls-dev libxt-dev mesa-common-dev
mkdir ~/tmp/firefox -p
cd ~/tmp/firefox
wget ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/19.0.2/source/firefox-19.0.2.source.tar.bz2
rm mozilla-release -rf
tar xvf firefox-19.0.2.source.tar.bz2
mkdir buildfirefox19/
cd buildfirefox19/
../mozilla-release/./configure --prefix=$HOME/.firefox19
make install
echo "alias firefox19='$HOME/.firefox19/bin/firefox'" >> $HOME/.bashrc
source $HOME/.bashrc

Start by running firefox19 from the terminal.

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