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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair

Regular blog here, 'microblog' there

Many of my traditional blog post live on this site, but a great majority of my social-style posts can be found on my much-busier microbloging site at updates.passthejoe.net. It's busier because my BlogPoster "microblogging" script generates short, Twitter-style posts from the Linux or Windows (or anywhere you can run Ruby with too many Gems) command line, uploads them to the web server and send them out on my Twitter and Mastodon feeds.

I used to post to this blog via scripts and Unix/Linux utilities (curl and Unison) that helped me mirror the files locally and on the server. Since this site recently moved hosts, none of that is set up. I'm just using SFTP and SSH to write posts and manage the site.

Disqus comments are not live just yet because I'm not sure about what I'm going to do for the domain on this site. I'll probably restore the old domain at first just to have some continuity, but for now I like using the "free" domain from this site's new host, NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

Wed, 13 Jun 2012

I just installed Iceweasel 13 in Debian Squeeze

I finally got Iceweasel 13 installed out of the Mozilla Debian APT archive on my Debian Squeeze system. For at least a week I've been stuck on Iceweasel/Firefox 12 due to dependency issues. dWhile a Debian Forums article didn't provide the exact solution to my problem, it did give me a clue:

Reinstall Iceweasel.

I did that, and I got the new Iceweasel/Firefox as well as the needed dependencies, and thus far nothing appears to be broken.

How to install/reinstall Iceweasel

  • First you need both Debian Backports and the Debian Mozilla APT Archive in your sources.list

  • In your terminal, use your favorite command-line package manager to install Iceweasel out of the Debian Mozilla APT Archive. I use sudo to gain rootly privileges and prefer Aptitude over apt-get:

    $ sudo aptitude install -t squeeze-backports iceweasel

In my case, I'm following the "release" version of Iceweasel, and that's version 13 at present. Versions 14 and 15 are available in the various channels available. Though I already had Iceweasel version 12, I could only get version 13 with a reinstall due to my abovementioned dependency issues. Installing newer packages on Debian Stable can be dicey, and that's what these two archives are supposed to do -- with less diciness. Usually there's none of that, and everything just works. This time I needed the reinstall, but it's quick and easy. That's Debian Stable for the most part -- quick and easy, believe it or not.