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policies.json not working (Firefox 70, Linux)

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I want to disable private mode via a policies.json file, but it doesn't work. Firefox says that "policy service is inactive" I enabled the debugging for policies via about:config, but the log doesn't give anything that forwards towards my policies.json file.

I'm running Fedora 31 linux. The exact same policies.json file does work on my Ubuntu machine, but not this one.

{

 "policies": {
   "DisablePrivateBrowsing": true
 }

}

created using sudo touch /usr/lib64/firefox/distribution/policies.json edited using sudo gedit

The file is located in /usr/lib64/firefox/distribution as it should be.

What's going on?

I want to disable private mode via a policies.json file, but it doesn't work. Firefox says that "policy service is inactive" I enabled the debugging for policies via about:config, but the log doesn't give anything that forwards towards my policies.json file. I'm running Fedora 31 linux. The exact same policies.json file does work on my Ubuntu machine, but not this one. { "policies": { "DisablePrivateBrowsing": true } } created using sudo touch /usr/lib64/firefox/distribution/policies.json edited using sudo gedit The file is located in /usr/lib64/firefox/distribution as it should be. What's going on?
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cor-el
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You currently use the Firefox version from the repositories.

Does this work with the Firefox version from the Mozilla server?

Note that Firefox 71.0 has been released today.

You currently use the Firefox version from the repositories. Does this work with the Firefox version from the Mozilla server? *https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/ Note that Firefox 71.0 has been released today. *https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/71.0/releasenotes/
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The repositories updated Firefox to 71.0, but the issue still persists.

(At least the errors regarding digicert global root ca are fixed) Edit: No they aren't...

The repositories updated Firefox to 71.0, but the issue still persists. (At least the errors regarding digicert global root ca are fixed) Edit: No they aren't...

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cor-el
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I don't know if there are issues with policies with Firefox versions from the repositories, so you can check this via the official version. Maybe a different directory is used or otherwise there are restrictions.

I don't know if there are issues with policies with Firefox versions from the repositories, so you can check this via the official version. Maybe a different directory is used or otherwise there are restrictions.
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The firefox installation from the .tar.bz2 has no distribution folder in the directory...

The firefox installation from the .tar.bz2 has no distribution folder in the directory...
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cor-el
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You need to add the distribution folder yourself because this folder isn't present by default.

Are there other files or directories in the distribution folder ?

You need to add the distribution folder yourself because this folder isn't present by default. *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/customizing-firefox-using-policiesjson *https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/customizing-firefox-using-autoconfig Are there other files or directories in the distribution folder ?
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Ok, creating distribution within the directory and then adding the policies.json made it work. Thank you!

However this is only a temporary fix* and the underlying issue should be forwarded to either Mozilla or Fedora (along with the ever-lasting digicert global root ca)

  • How do you update a .tar.bz2 installed installation of firefox?
Ok, creating distribution within the directory and then adding the policies.json made it work. Thank you! However this is only a temporary fix* and the underlying issue should be forwarded to either Mozilla or Fedora (along with the ever-lasting digicert global root ca) *How do you update a .tar.bz2 installed installation of firefox?

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Quote: How do you update a .tar.bz2 installed installation of firefox?

How you update depends on where you install Firefox. If you install Firefox in a location in your home directory (e.g. ~/firefox) then you can update Firefox normally via "Help -> About Firefox". If you install Firefox in a location that requires root access then you will have to run Firefox as root (e.g. via sudo) to be able to update Firefox (i.e. have write access to the Firefox program folder).

If policies.json doesn't work as expected with the Firefox version from the repositories then you need to contact the support website of your Linux distribution.

Quote: ''How do you update a .tar.bz2 installed installation of firefox?'' How you update depends on where you install Firefox. If you install Firefox in a location in your home directory (e.g. ~/firefox) then you can update Firefox normally via "Help -> About Firefox". If you install Firefox in a location that requires root access then you will have to run Firefox as root (e.g. via sudo) to be able to update Firefox (i.e. have write access to the Firefox program folder). If policies.json doesn't work as expected with the Firefox version from the repositories then you need to contact the support website of your Linux distribution.
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