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Basic question on firefox on Fedora 26

asked 2017-11-18 01:41:23 -0500

kraljic37 gravatar image

Fedora version : 26

I have 2 questions on firefox in fedora 26.

Question1. Does firefox come pre-installed in Fedora 26 ?

Question2. Recently, I ran yum update firefox and it updated my firefox to the latest version (version 57). But, I haven't configured any repo file(channel) for firefox/mozilla . So, how did firefox get updated ?

Shown below are repo files in /etc/yum.repos.d directory. yum list installed output shows "updates" repo as shown below But, there is no mention of firefox or mozilla in fedora-updates.repo file (see the grep command output at the bottom )

[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ yum list installed | grep firefox
firefox.x86_64                         57.0-2.fc26              @updates        
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ 
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ pwd
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ ls -l
total 60
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  398 Sep  2 14:50 _copr_dirkdavidis-papirus-icon-theme.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  707 Jul  1 04:31 fedora-cisco-openh264.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1331 Jul  1 04:31 fedora.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1345 Jul  1 04:31 fedora-updates.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1403 Jul  1 04:31 fedora-updates-testing.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  173 Aug 20 09:31 google-chrome.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1248 Jul  8 01:08 rpmfusion-free.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1245 Jul  8 01:08 rpmfusion-free-updates.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1305 Jul  8 01:08 rpmfusion-free-updates-testing.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1293 Jul  8 01:06 rpmfusion-nonfree.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1290 Jul  8 01:06 rpmfusion-nonfree-updates.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1350 Jul  8 01:06 rpmfusion-nonfree-updates-testing.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  148 Nov 17 09:49 skype-stable.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  192 Aug 25 00:04 sublime-text.repo
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  241 Nov  4 23:47 virtualbox.repo
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ 
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ grep -i firefox fedora-updates.repo
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ 
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ grep -i mozilla fedora-updates.repo
[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$
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Firefox is a package included in the default installation of Fedora Workstation.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-11-18 09:54:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-11-18 03:13:02 -0500

It's been some time since I installed Fedora from scratch, so not really sure if Firefox is preinstalled or automatically installed during initial installation of Fedora. But you can at least install it with dnf install firefox.

Software that is installable is provided by repositories and most software is packaged by Fedora maintainers and provided through the Fedora repositories. There is not extra Mozilla/Firefox repository as most software is provided by the Fedora repos. There are some more repositories out there you can add and it seems that you already added some.

With dnf info firefox you should be able to see from which repository the package was installed.

You also should switch from yum to dnf.

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[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ yum list installed | grep firefox firefox.x86_64 57.0-2.fc26 @updates

already says that firefox was installed from the updates repository.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-11-18 03:20:51 -0500 )edit

Yes, I have seen this. But I wanted to mention that you can more directly search for that info instead of reading all installed packages then grep for something in that "string-stream".

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2017-11-18 03:26:58 -0500 )edit

dnf list firefox perhaps. No grep needed.

villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-11-18 03:56:45 -0500 )edit

Run dnf info firefox. Then look for the From repo line.

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2017-11-18 04:07:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-11-18 05:35:28 -0500

kraljic37 gravatar image

Ok. Thank You thomaswood, vilykruse.

Below are first 12 lines of /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo

So, using the fedora's 'updates' repo, mozilla/firefox servers are internally connected and the new firefox rpms are downloaded ?

[sysadmin@john07 yum.repos.d]$ cat fedora-updates.repo
name=Fedora $releasever - $basearch - Updates
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No, Firefox is build by Fedora and provided and updated through Fedoras repo

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-11-18 14:51:26 -0500 )edit

Running rpm -qi firefox you can see that firefox was built on this date on this system

Build Date  : Fri 06 Oct 2017 10:57:07 CEST
Build Host  :
villykruse gravatar imagevillykruse ( 2017-11-18 14:57:40 -0500 )edit

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