Bug 492063 - An update of firefox to version xxx does not remove the old directory /usr/lib/firefox-<previous>
An update of firefox to version xxx does not remove the old directory /usr/li...
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: firefox (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Martin Stransky
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Reported: 2009-03-25 04:47 EDT by Joachim Backes
Modified: 2009-12-18 04:06 EST (History)
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Description Joachim Backes 2009-03-25 04:47:54 EDT
Description of problem:
I find a lot of dirs in /usr/lib:
/usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-
/usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.1
/usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.5
/usr/lib/firefox-  /usr/lib/firefox- 

rpm -qf /usr/lib/firefox-... shows that they are not belonging to some RPM package, so I guess a firefox update does not remove the previous version. I think this comes from a running firefox during "yum update" is called. Similar happens with /usr/lib/thunderbird-...

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
3.0.7 and lower

How reproducible:
Seems to happen after each firefox update during a running firefox.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Update firefox during firefox is running
Actual results:
/usr/lib/firefox-<previous version> remains.

Expected results:
/usr/lib/firefox-<previous version>  has been removed.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Christopher Aillon 2009-03-25 12:28:10 EDT
The important thing to know is what's inside the directories that are left behind
Comment 2 Joachim Backes 2009-03-26 02:12:15 EDT
For example /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.1

ls -laR firefox-3.0.1
total 148
drwxr-xr-x   3 root root   4096 2008-09-28 10:49 .
drwxr-xr-x 241 root root 139264 2009-03-18 08:35 ..
drwxr-xr-x   3 root root   4096 2008-09-25 08:54 updates

total 12
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2008-09-25 08:54 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2008-09-28 10:49 ..
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-09-25 08:54 0

total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-09-25 08:54 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2008-09-25 08:54 ..
Comment 3 Joachim Backes 2009-03-28 10:35:25 EDT
The effect of remaining old firefox /usr/lib/firefox-... directories is independent from a running firefox during update. I could see this when updating from firefox-3.0.7 to firefox-3.0.8 without firefox running.
Comment 4 Martin Stransky 2009-03-31 10:08:22 EDT
It may be a discussion about firefox installation dir.

It looks pointless to change firefox dir for each upgrade when xulrunner install dir remains stable (xulrunner-1.9).
Comment 5 Bruno Medeiros 2009-06-26 11:04:35 EDT
I think this could be related to the same problem that causes other errors like some applications don't opening links anymore. My pidgin is a example, when i click on a link, nothing happens. I tried to discover why and verified that it's because it references an old firefox installation directories.

Is anyone also experiencing this?
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