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Update Portable Thunderbird using a mar file

Please forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere (the Search engine can't find it if it has)

Has anyone been able to update Portable TB 1.5.0.2 to 1.5.0.4 using a mar file? (The advantage is that the mar file is 510k oposed to the full 6Mb installer)

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Typically autoupdates to the

Typically autoupdates to the USB drive require the full install. It has worked for some, though.

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I know that the full update

I know that the full update works but if I could do the same with a partial file it would be more efficient.
Thank you for your positive input, though!

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Huh?

What in tarnation is a .mar file? I've never even heard of it. What, instead of a tarball, it's a marball?

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LOL

Anyone wanna play with me?
*get marbles out*
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My guess is that it's the

My guess is that it's the partial update file that Fx and TB use.

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It's a Mozilla ARchive and

It's a Mozilla ARchive and it can be used as a partial or complete update file. Read this if you are curious http://wiki.mozilla.org/Software_Update:MAR

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Manual update of Mozilla apps

Manual update of Firefox (Thunderbird):

1. Create a subfolder firefox-update (thunderbird-update) in a folder where application is installed
2. Download appropriate .mar file
3. Copy the updater.exe file from application folder to firefox-update (thunderbird-update) subfolder
4. Copy the mar file to the folder created in step 1 and change its name to update.mar
5. From the command line change dir to application folder (either Firefox or Thunderbird)
6. From the same command line run the following command: ".\firefox-update\updater.exe .\firefox-update 0" (".\thunderbird-update\updater.exe .\thunderbird-update 0") - without quotes
7. Results can checked in the files: update.status and update.log in firefox-update (thunderbird-update) folder

Worked for me. However if you check the log files you may see that the update fails because it cannot find some files. You'll have to check by yourself. In my case one of the missing files was uninstall.exe in uninstall folder.

Step 3 is necessary because the updater.exe ran from the app folder would not update itself, creating the error.

Hope it helps...

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Thank you for your reply,

Thank you for your reply, Leepa.

That is exactly the kind of answer I expected. I wasn't renaming the file to update.mar so it wasn't working

Unfortunately now I get this message

PREPARE PATCH uninstall/uninstall.exe
LoadSourceFile failed
failed: 8
calling QuitProgressUI

I created an uninstall folder and copied uninstall.exe into it but still it doesn't work Sad

Any suggestions?

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The only thing that

comes to my mind is that the uninstall file was taken from the wrong version of installer.
If you try to upgrade ver. 1.5.0.2 to 1.5.0.4, the uninstall.exe should be taken from 1.5.0.2 installer...

I did exactly as described and it worked for me just fine Smile

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Still doesn't work

Your comment made all sense but unfortunately that wasn't the problem...
Apparentely John Haller has become aware of this problem and started including the uninstall file in Portable Firefox 1.5.0.4
Unfortunately this topic doesn't seem to catch his attention (or he has no idea how to help either...)
Any other suggestions, anyone?

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He's probably read it.

But I'd say he doesn't have a clue...
Maybe ask on MozillaZine, might just be FF...
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