Zotero package: disable update checking
we're using the PPA at https://launchpad.net/~smathot/+archive/ubuntu/cogscinl to install Zotero Standalone on many machines. Recently we've ran into the following issue:
- Zotero contains its own updater (based on the Mozilla Updater), which checks regularly for new updates.
- The update then fails as Zotero doesn't have permissions to its own installation folder (as it was installed from the PPA). The user is presented with an error popup "update failed".
The fix for this would be to disable the update check inside Zotero, since the updates are applied through apt. That is possible in two ways: either disabling the updater at build time (using the --disable-updater option passed to the xulrunner build), or to set a configuration option. Since you don't rebuild Zotero in the PPA but just package the upstream binaries, the config setting option is the only way.
Applying the following patch in the build of the Debian package should do the trick:
--- prefs.js.orig 2018-02-05 13:49:04.721475281 +0100 +++ prefs.js 2018-02-05 13:49:28.429390804 +0100 @@ -88,12 +88,12 @@ /** The below is imported from https://developer.mozilla.org/en/XULRunner/Application_Update **/ // Whether or not app updates are enabled -pref("app.update.enabled", true); +pref("app.update.enabled", false); // This preference turns on app.update.mode and allows automatic download and // install to take place. We use a separate boolean toggle for this to make // the UI easier to construct. -pref("app.update.auto", true); +pref("app.update.auto", false); // Defines how the Application Update Service notifies the user about updates: //
Is this something you could incorporate into the Debian package?