[CentOS] Firefox 46.0 fails on CentOS 6.7 due to GTK3 requirement

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Wed Apr 27 17:19:11 UTC 2016

On 04/27/2016 10:36 AM, Phelps, Matthew wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
>> On 04/27/2016 09:23 AM, James Pearson wrote:
>>> Phil Wyett wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 2016-04-27 at 08:27 -0400, Phelps, Matthew wrote:
>>>>> The latest version of firefox, 46.0 requires GTK3 and so it fails on
>>>>> CentOS
>>>>> 6.7.
>>>>> I know there is the ESR release supplied by upstream, but that is
>>>>> based on
>>>>> version 38. We have regularly installed the Mozilla "Linux" version of
>>>>> Firefox in a central location for our users, and this has worked just
>>>>> fine
>>>>> until 46.0. (I note from
>>>>> https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/faq/ that even
>>>>> that ESR
>>>>> release is due to stop being supported soon).
>>>>> I filed a bugzilla report at
>>>>> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1267815. If this matters
>> to
>>>>> you, please consider tagging onto that bug.
>>>>> Yes, yes we have to upgrade to CentOS 7. But in our shop, the amount of
>>>>> work required to get this done is huge, and won't happen soon.
>>>>> The whole idea of using RHEL/CentOS is to have a stable, supported
>>>>> version
>>>>> for a long period of time. How can we do this if even a web browser
>>>>> won't
>>>>> work?
>>>> Hi,
>>>> The latest firefox ESR for RHEL/CentOS 5, 6 and 7 is 45.1. That version
>>>> should appear in CentOS updates when Mr Hughes has worked his magic.
>>>> With 46 not being an ESR and not released for RHEL/CentOS, it is not
>>>> really something most here would be too worried about.
>>> Mozilla still (currently) support GTK2 as a build option - so if want to
>>> run Firefox 46 (and above) on CentOS 6, then you will need to build it
>>> from source
>>> You might be able to start with the 45.1 SRPM and hack the spec file to
>>> build 46.0 ...
>> Or just use the ESR version that Red Hat releases :)
>> ESR is updated at intervals, and it went from 38 to 45, will go up again
>> in 6 or 7 releases again.
>> Things move on (like firefox) while enterprise distros purposely have a
>> slower cadence.  Fedora has GTK3 and all the other bells and whistles.
>> If that is the type of cadence you want, Fedora is an excellent distro.
>> I should have the CentOS-6 (and CentOS-5) version of Firefox 45 out in a
>> couple of minutes .. currently building metadata and testing them on
>> https://ci.centos.org/
>> CentOS-7 version of Firefox 45 was released yesterday.
> Thanks Johnny. Getting the ESR release up to 45 for CO6 is good enough for
> us while we work on CO7.
> I didn't realize the ESR would ever move off of 38.x.

FYI .. Here is the ESR program, run by Mozilla.  Red Hat usually is very
quick to move, usually at the 'MAJOR.1' release (in this case 45.1).
You can see the next rebase will be version 52.  So we will likely move
from 45.7 or 45.8 to 52.0 or 52.1.  Unless they do something that makes
it completely incompatible with a CentOS version.


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