Create new Linux builds with the updater disabled

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Release Engineering
Platform Support
7 months ago
3 months ago

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(Reporter: mkaply, Unassigned)

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(Blocks: 1 bug)

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Description

7 months ago
We're investigating creating Snaps and Flatpaks for our Linux distros.

Since Snaps and Flatpaks handle their own updating, we'll need to start producing builds of Linux that have:

ac_add_options --disable-updater

Otherwise, these will be standard versions of Firefox. Both Snap and Flatpak simply repackage our existing builds, they do not require any code changes.

Once we have these packages, we'll investigate creating flatpaks and snaps as part of our standard builds.
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Comment 1

7 months ago
Another note.

We'll need to be able to build partner distributions with these (to add distribution.ini).
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Updated

7 months ago
Blocks: 1278719

Comment 2

7 months ago
We could simply disable the updater via a pref instead of disabling it in the build system.
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Comment 3

7 months ago
(In reply to Chris AtLee [:catlee] from comment #2)
> We could simply disable the updater via a pref instead of disabling it in
> the build system.

The preference doesn't really do enough. It still leaves all the UI behind in preferences and text in the about dialog about the updater being disabled.

I think we are going to need some other build options for Flatpak anyway.

See bug 1332404

Comment 4

4 months ago
Still needed? Are we still pursuing flatpaks?
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Comment 5

3 months ago
> Still needed? Are we still pursuing flatpaks?

Yes, we are still planning to do Flatpaks. Other things have moved to the front right now.
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