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How to install Firefox on a stand-alone system (no Internet access)?

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How to install Firefox on a stand-alone system (no Internet access)?

I frequently work on a classified computer network that has no unclassified Internet access. It does have access to a classified Internet. I would like to use Firefox on such a computer, specifically to use the Zotero and Zotero Map Firefox plugins for capturing reference information.

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Re: How to install Firefox on a stand-alone system (no Internet access)?

You can download the Firefox installer from http://www.mozilla.com/ and copy this to the standalone, then run it to install Firefox.

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Re: How to install Firefox on a stand-alone system (no Internet access)?

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If you are a package maintainer for Firefox and want to package some add-ons with FF automatically without having to start Firefox, here's how you do it.

First, download the .xpi file. It's actually just a ZIP archive. Create a temporary directory and extract it there. You will find a file called install.rdf which contains all the necessary information. Here an example from AdBlock:

<RDF xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xmlns:em="http://www.mozilla.org/2004/em-rdf#">

<Description about="urn:mozilla:install-manifest">

{34274bf4-1d97-a289-e984-17e546307e4f} 0.5.3.043

<Description> <em:id>{ec8030f7-c20a-464f-9b0e-13a3a9e97384} 0.7 2.0a3 </Description> </em:targetApplication>

<Description> <em:id>{86c18b42-e466-45a9-ae7a-9b95ba6f5640} 1.4 1.8 </Description> </em:targetApplication> <... some more stuff omitted ...>


What you need are the two bold parts. First, take the first bold part (the global em:id, NOT the one within a em:targetApplication block!). Rename the directory you extracted the .xpi to to that (in this case, we would rename it to {34274bf4-1d97-a289-e984-17e546307e4f}. Then check if your Firefox version is newer than the second bold part. If it is, and you are sure that they are compatible, change the part to your Firefox version. In my example, I changed 2.0a3 to 2.0.0.3.

Now, move the folder {34274bf4-1d97-a289-e984-17e546307e4f} to the global extensions directory of Firefox. Here it was /usr/lib/firefox-2.0.0.3/extensions/.

Et voila, the next time a user starts Firefox, he will have AdBlock preinstalled :-)