I saw that Iceape has disappeared from Cauldron because Seamonkey has not yet been ported to python 3 (work in progress) and can't be built for Cauldron
Nevertheless a new version of Seamonkey (2.53.2) has been released 2 days ago
Would it be possible to have it as an update for Mageia 7 even if it exists no more for cauldron ?
(Hoping that the Build System for mageia 7 can still build with python 2)
The future of IceApe/Seamonkey has been the subject of earlier bugs and some controversy: Bug 24021, Bug 24300. It has been decided to drop it:
Marking this new bug as a duplicate.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 24021 ***
Sorry to reopen this bug report
It is not really a duplicate :
I understand why Iceape has disappeared from Cauldron
Nevertheless Mageia 7 has not reached its End Of Life and some of its users may have the 2.49.4 version of Iceape installed
Even if Iceape is far behind Firefox or Thunderbird, the devs have provided the 2.53.2 version to correct some issues and contains some security fixes
If there is no update provided for Mageia 7 that would imply some security problems
But that seems to be not so easy to update ... there is this advisory from Seamonkey :
"Important only if you upgrade from 2.49.5 or an earlier version: Due to changes in the user profile, if you have set a master password, you will have to remove it before upgrading to SeaMonkey 2.53.2. After a successful upgrade, don't forget to manually remove the files key3.db and cert8.db in your profile afterwards, as they include credentials and passwords no longer protected by a master password. You can find the path to your profile folder entering the special about:support URL in a SeaMonkey browser window.
You can remove you master password by providing an empty password in the "Change Master Password" dialog. Do not use the "Reset Password" function. You will lose all stored passwords this way."
What to do ?
I may agree with what you say, but it is not in my hands.
> the devs have provided the 2.53.2 version to correct some issues and
> contains some security fixes
If they did, it seems to have already disappeared from Cauldron.
For Mageia 7, I can see just
Modified Sat Jan 5 2019 - 2.49.4
and only one update since:
Modified Mon Feb 11 2019 - rebuild for new libvpx 1.8.0
The politics of updating packages within releases is in:
which suggests a 'backport' request. If IceApe/SeaMonkey had been retained, the latest version would be in Mageia 8.
Is it worth a forum discussion? - emphasising the need for someone to volunteer to maintain the package. Several people in other bugs have expressed strong feelings about this, but with no mention of being willing to take it on.
Sorry for the quiproquo about the devs I was talking about : my sentence was not clear
I talked about the Seamonkey's devs who published the version 2.53.2 on 2020 may 2nd...
Not about the Mageia's devs who create the rpms
NB Since it appeared, this update is provided as an update package
for Fedora 30 31 and 32
for CentOs 7 and 8
for OpenSuse Leap 15.1 and 15.2
(talking about .rpm based distros)
and for Slackware 14.2
Beside this, .deb based distros don't provide any package : you need to download the installer from Mozilla
If Iceape disappears from Mageia8 we can do the same thing... but what will happen when upgrading from Mageia7 to Mageia8 with Iceape installed in Mageia7 ?
What to do if no updated rpm is provided for Mageia7 ? Uninstall the Mageia rpm and download the Mozilla installer ?
How to inform Mageia users ?
Seamonkey (Iceape) is not only a web navigator (not as on the edge as Firefox)
but also an easy email and news application
and, last but not least, a wysiwyg web editor, very easy to use
It' a kind of Swiss army knife that lot of people use, but not having the skill to build packages
About the Mageia updates policy # version policy , I think it's more or less the same case as for Firefox or Thunderbird...
(In reply to Philippe Didier from comment #4)
> NB Since it appeared, this update is provided as an update package
> for Fedora 30 31 and 32
> for CentOs 7 and 8
> for OpenSuse Leap 15.1 and 15.2
Up to them.
> Beside this, .deb based distros don't provide any package
And these are big guns!
> but what will
> happen when upgrading from Mageia7 to Mageia8 with Iceape installed in
> Mageia7 ?
I rather suspect that dropped pkgs simply get left as they are. They may continue to work.
This happened with original Opera, which became Chropera incompatible with its predecessor, and which we did not take on board. Old Opera continued to work if you could hang on to it.
(In reply to Philippe Didier from comment #2)
> Sorry to reopen this bug report
> It is not really a duplicate :
> I understand why Iceape has disappeared from Cauldron
> Nevertheless Mageia 7 has not reached its End Of Life and some of its users
> may have the 2.49.4 version of Iceape installed
> Even if Iceape is far behind Firefox or Thunderbird, the devs have provided
> the 2.53.2 version to correct some issues and contains some security fixes
> If there is no update provided for Mageia 7 that would imply some security
It seems really odd to me that Mageia 7 is using 2.49.4, in which audio doesn't work (it worked fine in Mageia 6, BTW). It should be using 2.49.5; in fact, one of the main reasons there was even a 2.49.5 was so that audio would work with newer ffmpeg versions (such as the version included in Mageia 7).
Now, I'd disagree about upgrading to 2.53.x. Most add-ons are simply broken due to the Firefox developers removing APIs, and there are no replacements as of now, as Webextensions support isn't slated until 2.57 (2.53 was merely an interim release between 2.49 and 2.57). Upgrading to 2.53.x and thus causing everyone's installed add-ons no longer to work would surely cause more problems than it would solve.
Hum, sorry for leaving this.
We are short-in-arms.
We are running a marathon to get Mageia 8 out.
I'm sad to acknowledge that we can't update this.
As previously said here: https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=24300#c13
and we have a wiki page on this: https://wiki.mageia.org/en/Seamonkey
I will recommend you this:
1) Backup your .mozilla directory.
2) Uninstall iceApe (urmpe iceape), as root.
3) Install upstream pre-compiled version available here: https://www.seamonkey-project.org/
You are right : The problem for Mageia 7 can be resolved using the wiki ...
And I understand the fact that Mageia is short-in-arms
But I think I must reopen this bug report for Cauldron
It's a little more complicated when upgrading from Mageia 7 to Mageia 8 in which iceape doesn't exist anymore...
Perhaps there is the need of a wiki page to allow transition from iceape (seamonkey) to thunderbird and firefox...
And a warning for the upgrade, or a mention in erratas
But it's not so simple because you need to copy only a part of the files of
.thunderbird/xxxxxxxxx.default.release/ erasing the empty files created by Thunderbird the first time it was runned
And to to copy an other part of the files of
.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxxx.default/ erasing the empty files created by Firefox the first time it was runned
update for Iceape ? =>
No more update for Iceape => problems for upgrade from Mageia 7 to Mageia 8
iceape will not be in Mageia 8, so this bug should only stay open for the missing update for Mageia 7.
No more update for Iceape => problems for upgrade from Mageia 7 to Mageia 8 =>
No more update for IceapeVersion:
Sorry to have modified the version to cauldron, but I thought that the fact that Iceape is no more in Mageia 8 may cause problems when upgrading from Mageia7 to Mageia8 : that doesn't concern only Mageia 7...
Perhaps the title might be changed into :
" Mageia 8 doesn't provide Iceape anymore : problems when upgrading from Mageia 7 ?"
That may need a page in the wiki or some lines in the errata and a warning when upgrading
How to move from Iceape to Thunderbird and Firefox : how to keep adressbook mails and news , and bookmarks etc... this can't be done automagically.
(obsoleting iceape is not enough ... )
Being an M7 Iceape user, I took a look at the possibility of DIY installing its current equivalent SeaMonkey on M8. But the number of noted problems for the latest release put me off; I would not want it as it currently is. Certainly it is active, but this is not the moment to take it on board.
Notwithstanding, it clearly has strong user support, and justifies being re-integrated when it is in a better state.
I have found from a trial M7-8 upgrade that it would be 'lost'; so certainly beware if you have important data in it. Mageia 7 will not disappear overnight; and can always be retained in its final state.
Please check if i got this right.
And any tip for the users to add?
Some place to link to about how to migrate?
It's not so simple to do...
First before upgrading you need to install Firefox and Thunderbird in Mageia7
let them create default profiles (for Thunderbird you have to create your accounts with your mailadress providers)
Then shutdown firefox thunderbird and seamonkey
For the web browser part of Seamonkey you have to copy some files and one folder
this copy must overwrite the existing firefox files
List of these files :
folder to copy :
For the mail and news part of Seamonkey fortunately there's a tool in Thunderbird allowing to import mails, adress books, feed subscription etc...
Open Thunderbird and use this toll
If it doesn't work well...
For the mail part of Seamonkey you have to copy some files and some folders
files to copy
folders to copy
Not so easy indeed
sorry for the typo
in 4) third line, I meant use this tool ! and not use this toll !!!
(even if we may have to migrate ;) ....)
May thanks Philippe!
I added a link from Release notes to #14.
Perfect. Thanks again.
As we can't do update to this orphaned package, there is an howto migrate to Firefox/Thunderbird.
Howto migrate in Comment 14.Status: