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My extension's update.json isn't working; how do I troubleshoot it?

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manifest.json has:

 "applications": {
   "gecko": {
     "id": "button@booktrakr.com",
     "update_url": "https://www.booktrakr.com/uploads/downloads/firefox-updates.json"
   }
 },

When I try to load the update_url in my browser, it works fine using the URL quoted above. My update file looks like: { "addons": { "updates": [ { "version": "0.3.3", "update_link": "https://www.booktrakr.com/uploads/downloads/BookTrakr%20Button%20for%20Firefox.xpi"} ] } }

If I copy that URL into my browser, it downloads the file, so the URL seems to be correct.

When I try to force an auto-update, FF appears to look for an update, but nothing installs and my extension remains version 0.3.2. Can't find any help on how to troubleshoot this situation. Can someone suggest some techniques for troubleshooting or point me to a blog post or something?

manifest.json has: "applications": { "gecko": { "id": "button@booktrakr.com", "update_url": "https://www.booktrakr.com/uploads/downloads/firefox-updates.json" } }, When I try to load the update_url in my browser, it works fine using the URL quoted above. My update file looks like: { "addons": { "updates": [ { "version": "0.3.3", "update_link": "https://www.booktrakr.com/uploads/downloads/BookTrakr%20Button%20for%20Firefox.xpi"} ] } } If I copy that URL into my browser, it downloads the file, so the URL seems to be correct. When I try to force an auto-update, FF appears to look for an update, but nothing installs and my extension remains version 0.3.2. Can't find any help on how to troubleshoot this situation. Can someone suggest some techniques for troubleshooting or point me to a blog post or something?
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cor-el
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The XPI file is send by the server as text/plain and not as application/x-xpinstall that is used for extensions. so you would have to configure the server to send the correct content type for an XPI file.

The XPI file is send by the server as text/plain and not as application/x-xpinstall that is used for extensions. so you would have to configure the server to send the correct content type for an XPI file. *https://dxr.mozilla.org/mozilla-release/source/browser/base/content/browser.js#981

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jscher2000
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Also, there is a forum for extension developers here:

https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/add-ons

Also, there is a forum for extension developers here: https://discourse.mozilla.org/c/add-ons
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