I use GNOME on Debian Jessie and I have different Firefox installations:
- the ESR version bundled with GNOME, which I cannot remove (as it is a dependency)
- the stable version installed from the special Debian repo
- the binary files from Mozilla (installed in
/opt/firefox/...) downloaded from their website as explained here
- the developer edition (also as binary files) from Mozilla (installed in
/usr/share/applications there are therefore different .desktop files.
$ ls -la firefox* -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3640 Okt 4 21:29 firefox-bin.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3,6K Okt 2 08:06 firefox.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2,2K Aug 31 22:57 firefox-dev.desktop -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3,8K Sep 22 08:29 firefox-esr.desktop
So all files have basically this layout:
[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Firefox Name[bg]=Firefox Name[ca]=Firefox [...some more languages...] Comment=Browse the World Wide Web Comment[bg]=Сърфиране в Мрежата Comment[ca]=Navegueu per el web [...some more languages...] X-GNOME-FullName=Firefox Web Browser X-GNOME-FullName[bg]=Интернет браузър (Firefox) X-GNOME-FullName[ca]=Navegador web Firefox [...some more languages...] Exec=<somePath> %u Terminal=false X-MultipleArgs=false Type=Application Icon=<someIcon> Categories=Network;WebBrowser; MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml+xml;application/xml;application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml;[...] StartupWMClass=<someStartupClass> StartupNotify=true
So the ESR version has the
Name=Firefox ESR and of course also
X-GNOME-FullName=Firefox ESR Web Browser. The things that matter are these:
Exec=firefox-esr %u Icon=firefox-esr StartupWMClass=Firefox
I used this file (and the icon files provided by Mozilla) to create a desktop file for the developer edition, which looks like this:
Exec=/opt/firefox-dev-edition/firefox %u Icon=firefoxdev StartupWMClass=FirefoxDev
firefox.desktop is created by the installation from mozilla.debian.net and is this:
Exec=/usr/lib/firefox/firefox %u Icon=firefox StartupWMClass=Firefox
To create a shortcut for the binary version of Firefox I copied
firefox.desktop and named it
firefox-bin.desktop. I changed the
X-GNOME-FullName= of the original
firefox.desktop to distinguish it from the binary version and changed
firefox-bin.desktop to this one:
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox %u Icon=firefox StartupWMClass=FirefoxBin
/usr/bin there are different binaries:
$ ls -la firefox* -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 113 Sep 22 08:29 firefox lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 30 Sep 22 08:40 firefox-esr -> ../lib/firefox-esr/firefox-esr lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 22 Okt 2 08:17 firefox.real -> ../lib/firefox/firefox
So the issue is that GNOME still confuses these Firefox installations. All version are sometimes labelled as "Firefox ESR" in the top panel when I am running them. So when I click on "Firefox" to open it for a short time in the top panel "Firefox" is shown, but a few seconds later it changes to "Firefox ESR" although I can confirm that the executed Firefox installation is not the ESR version.
This happens with Firefox, "Firefox Debian" and Firefox Developer Edition.
Sometimes even Tor Browser gets the label "Firefox ESR", which indicates that GNOME possibly just uses the executable name (
firefox in this case) to determinate what program is running...
So how can I fix this?
Edit: For testing I created a symbolic link from
/opt/firefox/firefoxbin.real and used that "new" file in the desktop file, but this changed nothing, so the executable name does not seem to matter.
Edit2: Additionally I now changed the
Firefox (which was duplicate in
FirefoxESR. Afterwards now GNOME always shows me "Firefox Debian" (the name saved in
firefox.desktop) even for all other Firefox versions, even for the ESR one. Changing the
firefox.desktop did not help.