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Why, when I try to get information about upgrading to Firefox 40.0.3, does your system tell me I have the "most current" version 40.0.2?

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The question pretty much says it all. I've been getting upgrade notices for a week or three -- but when I click the "more information" link on that window and come to your system, I am congratulated for already having v40.0.2 installed (which is true) and told that 40.0.2 is the most current version. What's going on here?

The question pretty much says it all. I've been getting upgrade notices for a week or three -- but when I click the "more information" link on that window and come to your system, I am congratulated for already having v40.0.2 installed (which is true) and told that 40.0.2 is the most current version. What's going on here?

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Sorry, FredMcD -- I appreciate the link, but having it doesn't answer my question: WHY is this happening?

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When you visit a website, Firefox does not report the third part of your version, just 40.0. You can see that if you visit this test page (it's the part in red):

https://jeffersonscher.com/res/jstest.php

So that's why a website doesn't know what "point release" version of Firefox you have and makes its judgment based on the information available.

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The minor version of the Firefox useragent has not been shown since Firefox 16.0 if I recall.

So the UA of 40.0.2, 40.0.3 shows as 40.0 to websites.

The build date and minor version was removed from UA as Mozilla wanted to make them less unique.

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Thanks to you both -- but I have to tell you that the Firefox site itself told me "40.0.2" was what I had (correct) and what was the latest version (probably not correct).

I can understand the goal of simplification -- but if Firefox wants to alert me to upgrade to a newer minor version, then the same level of detail should go into identifying and saying what old version I have.

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Maybe the .2 was listed in the URL you followed to get to the page, because otherwise, there's no way for the site to know. Could you post the address of the page, if you still have it? Perhaps open the Library dialog (Ctrl+Shift+h) and right-click > Copy the address to paste it here.

As for why the site would say that is current, hmm, that's strange.

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Hmm . . . I tried to get the .2 up for you all (I'm no techie, but I know plenty enough to search my browsing history, thanks) -- but I'm not seeing it now. The page in my history is

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

which doesn't mention a number -- though it does have that "Congratulations -- you're up to date" message. Maybe the alert window-let did? I'll have to watch for that the next time it appears. Or else I was paying too much attention to the fact of the alert and the congratulations on being current, and filled in the number mentally myself.

So maybe the number itself isn't a problem any more -- sorry and thanks to those who have (I think) probably un-confused me on that . . . but it still leaves the question of why Firefox would want to confuse me (and maybe not just me) in the first place -- by contradicting itself . . . urging me to upgrade and then, when I move towards doing that, telling me I'm current already.

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I'm not sure who designed that page (the /new) page, but they might feel silly putting something like: "You have some flavor of Firefox 40 but we have no idea whether it's the latest one."

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Okay, jscher2000 . . . but the alternative they went with makes the system look self-contradictory or ignorant -- or both -- or perhaps even as if someone has hacked it but missed this one little detail. None of those options inspires confidence.

IMO, they'd have been better off leaving the ".2" etc. in/on. After all, something in the system somewhere had to detect that I wasn't using 40.0.3 yet, or why would it have sent me the upgrade notice at all?

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Firefox itself knows your version and internal update notices are based on that. The issue, as noted before, is that websites cannot read that third section of the version number. When you get an update dialog, Firefox normally downloads the file in the background so you wouldn't end up at the download page.

I guess I never followed the More Information link before so I hadn't noticed the problem myself, or the link went directly to the Release Notes page for the new version, and I didn't really think about what would happen if I went to the download page after that.

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So maybe I'm the only one here who's had enough problems caused by downloads that he prefers to control them, or at least keep very close watch over them -- and gets bothered by this kind of contradiction.