firefox is pretty useless ...

DutchDaemon - FreeBSD Forums Administrator DutchDaemon at
Tue Jul 11 16:09:02 UTC 2017

On 5-7-2017 08:07, 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.

Might this be 10.3-specific?

I'm running Firefox 54.0.1_1,1 on xorg-server 1.18.4_3,1 and xfce
4.12_1, on 11.0-REL-p9 amd64. No problems.

Built on Poudriere, but I ran the same stuff from the offical repo for a
while as well.

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