firefox-locale-* packages do not enable localization => post-install localization is not complete

Bug #1866059 reported by Paride Legovini on 2020-03-04
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
firefox (Ubuntu)
High
Olivier Tilloy

Bug Description

On 2020-03-03 I installed a Focal system from the latest ISO image and chose the Italian localization at install time. The localization setting worked as expected, but not for Firefox: its interface is still in English. No "Italian" option shows up in the 'Preferences -> Language' menu (the menu is empty).

The firefox-locale-it package is correctly installed. I tried installing firefox-locale-fr and restart Firefox, but I still got no French option in the Language menu.

On the other hand letting Firefox download the language pack itself *does* work.

summary: - firefox-locale-* packages do not enable localization
+ firefox-locale-* packages do not enable localization => post-install
+ localization is not complete
tags: added: champagne
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) on 2020-03-04
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Olivier Tilloy (osomon)
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

This is interesting, I can observe the problem on a clean install, not when upgrading from firefox 73 with an existing profile directory.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

This is https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2019/10/31/firefox-to-discontinue-sideloaded-extensions/ : in Ubuntu, firefox langpacks are sideloaded (installed in /usr/lib/firefox-addons/extensions/).

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

And the corresponding upstream bug is https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1602840.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

And I can confirm that hacking /usr/lib/firefox/omni.ja to change MOZ_ALLOW_ADDON_SIDELOAD to true "fixes" the problem.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package firefox - 74.0+build2-0ubuntu1

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firefox (74.0+build2-0ubuntu1) focal; urgency=medium

  * New upstream stable release (74.0+build2)

  * Pass MOZ_ALLOW_ADDON_SIDELOAD to allow sideloading langpacks (LP: #1866059)
    - debian/build/rules.mk

 -- Olivier Tilloy <email address hidden> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 11:05:32 +0100

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

Not fixed, this was a failed attempt.

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package firefox - 74.0+build2-0ubuntu2

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firefox (74.0+build2-0ubuntu2) focal; urgency=medium

  * Really allow sideloading langpacks (LP: #1866059)
    - debian/build/rules.mk
    - debian/config/mozconfig.in

 -- Olivier Tilloy <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:34:59 +0100

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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