Firefox on OpenSolaris fixed (and installed bzr)

Thanks to Glynn for pointing me to the right thread on (in a comment on my Good adventures with OpenSolaris post). The package verification thingy (pkg verify -v -f SUNWfirefox) did actually throw an error (indicating some sort of problem). So that’s pretty neat. The fact that it got into trouble in the first place isn’t good, but corruption detection is the next best thing.

I still occationally hit the bug in VirtualBox where if you have in your resolv.conf on your host (e.g. running a local caching nameserver), VirtualBox passes this through to the guest, so the guest tries to use the guest as a nameserver – this usually doesn’t work so well.

The good news is, Firefox now works in my OpenSolaris VM.

The bad news is that even though I’ve gone and set my keyboard layout as DVORAK (with the Input Method Switcher applet), whath should be ctrl-l (for location bar) in Firefox, actually brings up the Print dialog (on DVORAK, L is where P is on QWERTY).

But, I’ve managed to download bazaar now, and the install was simple (just follow INSTALL in the bzr tarball). At some point I’ll badger someone to make an OpenSolaris package for it so you could do “pkg install bzr”, but you can’t do that yet.

The next challenge will be to branch repositories from the host onto a temp drive, build and test.

2 thoughts on “Firefox on OpenSolaris fixed (and installed bzr)

  1. DVORAK? What sort of freak are you? Fortunately not one of a kind, and a bunch of people have asked for this as well – hopefully we’ll get support for it, as I talked to Alan Coopersmith at OSCON and he seemed to indicate it was a reasonably straightforward thing, with some slight organizational boundaries.

  2. well it does *mostly* all work now, at least once you’re logged in. Typing on a gnome-terminal works fine :)

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