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I would like to install the beta of Firefox 4 in lucid or maverick. I know I can install the ubuntu-mozilla-daily PPA (ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa) and have easy apt-get access to firefox-4.0. However, this repository contains not only Firefox, but also daily builds of Thunderbird and other mozilla products.

If I leave this PPA enabled, apt-get upgrade also upgrades Thunderbird 3 to the latest "shredder". I'm not interested in running a daily build of Thunderbird -- I just want Firefox 4.

Is there some combination of pinning, backporting, or something like that which would make it easy for me to run an up-to-date daily of Firefox 4, but only Firefox 4?

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Re "What's the best way to install just one package from a PPA that has many packages?", see apt - How do I cherry pick packages from a PPA? - Ask Ubuntu – nealmcb Oct 5 '13 at 13:51
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If you just want the beta, I suggest ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next which has the latest beta, but not the latest nightly.

If you want the latest nightly, you could set up a cron job that pulls the latest nightly from and installs it in /usr/local. I can try to help if you need help.

Just my suggestions. (I've been using the firefox-next ppa for a while now.)

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Good to know: I'll check out ppa:firefox/firefox-next. But I'd also be like to know the general case of how to pick just one package from a PPA. – cha Feb 1 '11 at 18:20
PS: It's ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next. – cha Feb 2 '11 at 16:24
Oops. :) I fixed it now. – zpletan Feb 2 '11 at 19:21
I like zpletan's suggestion the best, but after researching this the answer seems to be: you can't. A PPA comes with everything in it or nothing. – cha Feb 8 '12 at 21:29
@cha what about these instructions?… – akaihola May 14 '12 at 13:37

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