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ColorZilla on Firefox 3 and Ubuntu AMD64

Posted by webmaster on 2008-10-23 19:15:50 in Linux

After upgrading to Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 and Firefox 3, my ColorZilla extension stopped working. Specifically, when clicking on the eyedropper icon i received the error:

Installation problem or the Eyedropper mode isn't supported on your platform. You can go to the ColorZilla Home Page to see if your platform is supported. If so, try-re-installing the extension. ColorPicker and other features will still work.

This is caused by a problem with the Ubuntu version of Firefox. To solve it, you need to first uninstall the Colorzilla extension.

Next, download the official Mozilla version of Firefox. Head to the Mozilla Firefox website and save the file to your Home folder, eg /home/stom/.

Before installing, run the following in a terminal:

apt-get install libxul-dev libstdc++5 gcc-4.1 libstdc++6

Once complete, run the following commands in a terminal:

cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla.backup sudo tar -jxvf firefox-3*.tar.bz2 -C /opt rm firefox-3*.tar.bz2 sudo mv /opt/firefox/plugins /opt/firefox/plugins.backup sudo ln -s /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins /opt/firefox/plugins sudo dpkg-divert --divert /usr/bin/firefox.ubuntu --rename /usr/bin/firefox sudo ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

This will backup your current mozilla folder and replace it with the new version. Don't worry, your currently installed plugins should be imported along with your personal settings.

Once this has completed, open up Firefox with the usual shortcuts and head to the ColorZilla Extension page to reinstall.

For details on reverting to the Ubuntu Firefox see the source of this tutorial, http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/firefox

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