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how to downgrade firefox 3.6 to 3.5 in Ubuntu 9.10?

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I just did a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10 and it installed the latest firefox 3.6.13.  Now, 3.6 has a conflict with VMWare Server 2.0 and I need to downgrade from firefox 3.6 to 3.5.  I did remove  firefox "sudo apt-get remove firefox."  Then, I installed firefox 3.5 and put it in a folder in my home directory.  But the Executable doesn't launch.  

When I do sudo apt-get install firefox 3.5, it installs 3.6 again.  How can I get 3.5 to work on Ubuntu 9.10? Before I did the rebuild, it was using Firefox 3.5 and there were no problems with VMWare.

Also, I did the same thing on Ubuntu 10.10 on another machine.  I was able to uninstall firefox 3.6 and install 3.5 and it works, but not on 9.10.  Thanks.
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apt-get install firefox=3.5
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by:thadley
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I got this error:  
Reading State information...Done
E: Version 3.5 for firefox was not found

Do I have to move the unpacked 3.5 files to another folder somewhere?  What else do I need to do?  Thanks
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You can find out what versions of firefox your package database knows about either via aptitude or by using
apt-cache showpkg firefox

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If you get only  version that are too new you could try adding repositories for older versions of ubuntu to the system
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by:thadley
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It looks like 3.5 is in there but when I install it, it says installing 3.5,, but it installs 3.6.  Below is the output.

tony@Lab1Ubuntu:~$ apt-cache showpkg firefox
Package: firefox
Versions:
3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1 (/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_karmic-updates_main_binary-amd64_Packages) (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_karmic-security_main_binary-amd64_Packages) (/var/lib/dpkg/status)
 Description Language:
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_karmic-updates_main_binary-amd64_Packages
                  MD5: b670b07084b5a79b912d14c4307acda4

3.5.3+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu6 (/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_karmic_main_binary-amd64_Packages)
 Description Language:
                 File: /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_karmic_main_binary-amd64_Packages
                  MD5: a57e2fa1e1733e6f717bc8e5b97d791a


Reverse Depends:
  firefox-3.0,firefox
  sun-java6-plugin,firefox
  flashplugin-installer,firefox
  xul-ext-flashblock,firefox
  xul-ext-all-in-one-sidebar,firefox
  useragentswitcher,firefox
  torbutton-extension,firefox
  scrapbook,firefox
  mozzemberek,firefox 3.6
  mozilla-openoffice.org,firefox
  mozilla-openoffice.org,firefox
  mozilla-nukeimage,firefox
  mozilla-noscript,firefox
  mozilla-beagle,firefox
  foxyproxy,firefox
  firefox-notify,firefox 3.7
  firefox-notify,firefox 1.0
  firefox-dom-inspector,firefox
  firefox-3.1,firefox
  firefox-3.0-venkman,firefox
  firefox-3.0-dom-inspector,firefox
  firefox-3.0,firefox
  xsane,firefox
  ubufox,firefox
  openoffice.org,firefox
  mozvoikko,firefox 3.6
  firefox-gnome-support,firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
  firefox-dev,firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
  firefox-dbg,firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
  firefox-branding,firefox
  firefox-branding,firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
  firefox-3.5,firefox
  firefox-2-libthai,firefox
  firefox-2-dom-inspector,firefox
  firefox-2,firefox
  abrowser-branding,firefox
  abrowser-branding,firefox 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1
  abrowser,firefox
  zekr,firefox
  tiemu,firefox
  sun-java6-plugin,firefox
  mythbuntu-desktop,firefox
  lubuntu-desktop,firefox
  flashplugin-installer,firefox
  xubuntu-desktop,firefox
  xfig-doc,firefox
  wysihtml-el,firefox
  wmnetselect,firefox
  webhttrack,firefox
  useragentswitcher,firefox
  ubuntustudio-desktop,firefox
  torbutton-extension,firefox
  screenlets,firefox
  scrapbook,firefox
  rapache,firefox
  pytrainer,firefox
  nip2,firefox
  mozplugger,firefox
  mozilla-virt-viewer,firefox
  mozilla-venkman,firefox
  mozilla-stumbleupon,firefox
  mozilla-plugin-pcmanx,firefox
  mozilla-openoffice.org,firefox
  mozilla-openoffice.org,firefox
  mozilla-nukeimage,firefox
  mozilla-noscript,firefox
  mozilla-gtk-vnc,firefox
  mozilla-diggler,firefox
  mozilla-bonobo,firefox
  mozilla-biofox,firefox
  mozilla-beagle,firefox
  mediatomb,firefox
  lastfm,firefox
  itsalltext,firefox 3.0
  hunspell-vi,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-hu,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  gosa-desktop,firefox
  gnome-do-plugins,firefox
  gears,firefox 3.5
  gcu-plugin,firefox
  foxyproxy,firefox
  flashblock,firefox
  firefox-showcase,firefox
  firefox-notify,firefox 3.6
  firefox-notify,firefox 1.0
  firefox-linky,firefox
  firefox-launchpad-plugin,firefox
  dhelp,firefox
  centerim-utf8,firefox
  centerim-fribidi,firefox
  centerim,firefox
  brdesktop-common,firefox
  bluefish,firefox
  ardour,firefox
  amsn,firefox
  all-in-one-sidebar,firefox
  xsane,firefox
  ubuntu-netbook-remix,firefox
  ubuntu-desktop,firefox
  ubufox,firefox
  openoffice.org,firefox
  libjibx-java-doc,firefox
  hunspell-uz,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-ne,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-gl-es,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-fr,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-eu-es,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-en-us,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-de-de,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-de-ch,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-de-at,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
  hunspell-da,firefox 2.0.0.3-2
Dependencies:
3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1 - fontconfig (0 (null)) psmisc (0 (null)) lsb-release (0 (null)) debianutils (2 1.16) libasound2 (4 1.0.18) libatk1.0-0 (2 1.20.0) libc6 (2 2.7) libcairo2 (2 1.2.4) libdbus-1-3 (2 1.0.2) libdbus-glib-1-2 (2 0.78) libfontconfig1 (2 2.4.0) libfreetype6 (2 2.3.5) libgcc1 (2 1:4.1.1) libglib2.0-0 (2 2.16.0) libgtk2.0-0 (2 2.18.0) libnspr4-0d (2 4.8.6) libnss3-1d (2 3.12.6) libpango1.0-0 (2 1.14.0) libstartup-notification0 (2 0.10) libstdc++6 (2 4.1.1) libx11-6 (0 (null)) libxext6 (0 (null)) libxrender1 (0 (null)) libxt6 (0 (null)) zlib1g (2 1:1.1.4) firefox-branding (16 (null)) abrowser-branding (0 (null)) firefox-gnome-support (5 3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1) latex-xft-fonts (0 (null)) libthai0 (0 (null)) ubufox (0 (null)) firefox-2 (3 3.6~) firefox-3.0 (3 3.6~hg20100117r33523) firefox-3.0-dom-inspector (3 3.1~) firefox-3.0-venkman (3 3.1~) firefox-3.1 (3 3.1~b4~hg20090317) firefox-3.5 (3 3.6~hg20100117r33523) firefox-3.6 (3 3.6~hg20100117r33523) firefox-3.6-gnome-support (3 3.6~hg20100117r33523) firefox-dom-inspector (3 3.1~) firefox-2 (0 (null)) firefox-3.0 (0 (null)) firefox-3.0-dom-inspector (3 3.1~) firefox-3.0-venkman (3 3.1~) firefox-3.1 (0 (null)) firefox-3.5 (0 (null)) firefox-3.6 (0 (null)) firefox-3.6-gnome-support (0 (null)) firefox-dom-inspector (3 3.1~)
3.5.3+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu6 - firefox-3.5 (0 (null)) firefox-3.5-branding (0 (null))
Provides:
3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1 - www-browser firefox-dom-inspector firefox-3.6 firefox-3.5 firefox-3.1 firefox-3.0-venkman firefox-3.0-dom-inspector firefox-3.0 firefox-2
3.5.3+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu6 -
Reverse Provides:
abrowser 3.5.3+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu6



tony@Lab1Ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install firefox-3.5
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  binutils-static
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  firefox firefox-branding ubufox
Suggested packages:
  firefox-gnome-support
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  firefox firefox-3.5 firefox-branding ubufox
0 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0B/12.9MB of archives.
After this operation, 38.4MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Selecting previously deselected package firefox-branding.
(Reading database ... 127346 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking firefox-branding (from .../firefox-branding_3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package firefox.
Unpacking firefox (from .../firefox_3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package firefox-3.5.
Unpacking firefox-3.5 (from .../firefox-3.5_3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously deselected package ubufox.
Unpacking ubufox (from .../ubufox_0.9~rc2-0ubuntu0.9.10.1_all.deb) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Setting up firefox-branding (3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1) ...
Setting up firefox (3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1) ...
update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/firefox to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode.
Please restart all running instances of firefox, or you will experience problems.

Setting up firefox-3.5 (3.6.13+build3+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.9.10.1) ...
Setting up ubufox (0.9~rc2-0ubuntu0.9.10.1) ...

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de2Zotjes earned 250 total points
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You used a hyphen iso an equals sign :)

apt-get install firefox=3.5.3

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by:thadley
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Every time I use the equal sign it gives me the following error:

Reading State information...Done
E: Version 3.5 for firefox was not found
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