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Being offered 6.0-beta as a "security and stability" update from 5.0-stable
My Mac is, or should be, on the -stable channel for Firefox updates, yet I am being offered an upgrade from 5.0-stable to 6.0-beta rather than to 5.0.1. about:config has "beta" in app.update.channel, and labels this "default" rather than "user set" -- so this is a client-side glitch rather than a server-side one, but I'd still like to know how this happened and why.
Addendum: I tried changing that pref to "release" and to "stable", but the about box still offered the 6.0-beta upgrade rather than the 5.0.1 upgrade. Is this because the beta has already been downloaded? How can I get it to give me the 5.0.1 upgrade instead?
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Did you ever install a beta release in the past?
Download a new copy of the Firefox program and save the DMG file to the desktop
- Firefox 5.0.x: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html
- Trash the current Firefox application to do a clean (re-)install
- Install the new version that you have downloaded
Your profile data is stored elsewhere in the Firefox Profile Folder, so you won't lose your bookmarks and other personal data.
I may have had 4.0 betas on this computer, I don't remember for sure.
Surely there is a way to correct this problem without reinstalling?
Firefox 5.0.1 has been released. That update is aimed at Mac (Windows and Linux users aren't offered this update), so you will still have to install a new version and if you are on the wrong update channel the you need to install a new full version anyway. That will probably also happen if you would edit the file /defaults/pref/channel-prefs.js in the Firefox installation folder to switch the update channel.
I really, seriously disbelieve that there is no way to switch the update channel without reinstalling from scratch.