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gtbX
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:19 pm    Post subject: Upgrading Firefox Reply with quote

Now that the Firefox 3.6 series is being removed from the tree, has anyone come across a suitable replacement? I don't think Mozilla themselves care about sparc anymore. I've found some versions of newer firefoxes that run on sparc systems, but they're Solaris only and don't seem to have source available.

It'd be nice to use a browser that's newer than "links".
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why do you thing latests firefox can't be compiled on sparc ?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't doubt that it can be done. It's just not in the default portage tree. Is there an overlay available somehwere? Or some other method of building it?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, it is even not part of test branch 8O

gtbX wrote:
Or some other method of building it?


Sure, the "old" way : take the sources from Mozilla repo, ensure all dependancies are met and ... configure/make ...
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

destroyedlolo wrote:
Sure, the "old" way : take the sources from Mozilla repo, ensure all dependancies are met and ... configure/make ...
If that still works properly, perhaps filing a bug requesting the keywords be restored, even if only unstable, might be in order.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried both the "old" way with configure and make and unmasking the ebuild in portage, still doesn't build. The ebuild seems to get farther though, possibly because of the patches it applies. I found a build for solaris/opensolaris here http://unixpackages.com/packages/mozilla and I seem to recall some way of running solaris binaries, but I don't know the exact method.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem with firefox on sparc is that apart from failing to build, which can be fixed easily, is that anything newer than firefox-4 sigbuses, which requires some knowledge of programming and firefox source code to fix...

Mozilla isn't interested in it because sparc isn't a mainstream arch, so...
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