firefox is pretty useless ...

Bob Willcox bob at
Tue Jul 11 14:45:18 UTC 2017

On Wed, Jul 05, 2017 at 02:07:29AM -0400, DTD wrote:
> if you use xfce. By definition it is not a problem that:
>    1) install a new copy of FreeBSD 10.3
>    2) pkg install xorg
>    3) pkg install xfce
>    4) pkg install firefox
> installs a firefox package that does not run. The project seems to do a bit
> better than this on Windows, but they (I think) have to in that environment. The
> official answer to the above is:
> --- Comment #1 from Jan Beich <jbeich at> ---
> Partial upgrades i.e., mixing dependencies from different svn checkouts, dates
> of "pkg install" or locking dependencies, are not supported. firefox will
> refuse to build unless you upgrade sqlite3. Some version requirement are
> specified in the port's Makefile
>    $ fgrep sqlite www/firefox/Makefile
>                    sqlite3>=3.17.0:databases/sqlite3 \
>                    ${PYTHON_PKGNAMEPREFIX}sqlite3>0:databases/py-sqlite3 \
> "pkg upgrade" may help you resolve this.
> The only problem with this 'solution' is that upgrading sqlite requires a
> cascading series of updates that breaks parts of xfce. Other than that no
> problem here. So if you use twm firefox is your browser.
> The next time I build a system I will try installing firefox first. I got here 
> because I wanted to ungrade thunar (xfce's file manager). That upgrade broke
> the version of firefox that was running (47.somethine). Chasing and fixing that 
> chain eventually required a reinstall. Happily (for me) chrome works.

Hmm, what firefox port are you building/running? I'm running version 54.0
(firefox-54.0.1_1,1) without any real issues (well, none at this point). I
don't install or run xfce, but use the ctwm window manager (ctwm-4.0.0,1).
Perhaps that's the difference.

I'm also running 10.3:
FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE FreeBSD 10.3-STABLE #3 r320754: Thu Jul  6 15:13:13 CDT 2017     bob at  amd64

As an asside, I recommend running v 54 of firefox in any event. The new
thread support seems to have significantly improved its performance and
stability for me (at least).

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