When attempting to install Mozilla 0.9.0 (using mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-0.9-installer.tar.gz) from behind a firewall, which is often unfriendly to non-passive ftp, the installer would crash with the following output: [root@morgenstern mozilla-installer]# ./mozilla-installer Xlib: unexpected async reply (sequence 0xc4e)! Gdk-ERROR **: X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown). [root@morgenstern mozilla-installer]# After some sleuthing with tcpdump, on a lark I decided to edit mozilla-installer/config.ini and replaced all of the occurences of ftp:// with http://. The install proceeded to use http and went smoothly. Why not use http by default? Or perhaps provide radio buttons in the installer to give the user the option to choose http or ftp? So far, other than some problems with Mail/News being able to read my 0.8.x settings and mail, everything looks great. The browser is considerably faster. Great work, folks!
Appearently you have stumbled onto a feature that we had not exposed in the dialogs. We have been deliberating on whether or not to use http:// in addition to ftp://.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → ASSIGNED
Ever confirmed: true
And in fact the windows version does offer the choice between ftp/http, but some folks are asking us to take it out as "confusing".
The crashing part sounds like a bug. It shouldn't crash, right Samir? :) btw, good job in finding this little feature Collin.
Yes, crashing is certainly a bug. I'd try a more recent installer cause some X connection shutdown problems have landed after the release of mozilla0.9.
Oops, I meant *solutions* to the X connection shutdown problems have landed after mozilla0.9, of course.
reassigning to Samir. The windows installer already have the option to allow the user to use ftp or http for downloading files.
Assignee: ssu → sgehani
Status: ASSIGNED → NEW
Over to Syd for installer bug triage
Assignee: sgehani → syd
We shipped a version with this option in the Installer UI. Sean/Dan, do you remember which one? And which version did we take it out? As the feature is already there, and can be extremely important for people behind certain firewalls, it is important that we bring this back. Where exactly is TBD, but just wanted to note that this needs to be on the radar.
Curt, Linux and http
*** Bug 121073 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
isn't this dupe of bug 83439 ? which btw is marked wontfixed. FTP put less stress on download server than HTTP, is the normal answer to this bug. couldn't the installers just first try FTP then if fail advice the user and let him switch to HTTP or perhaps just try HTTP.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 83439 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 17 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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