Recently, this warning appears when open Firefox:
Pending update of "firefox" snap
Close the app to avoid disruptions
What does it mean? And what do I have to do? Is this a bug?
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If you have received a notification of a pending Firefox update it will appear as a small bell icon next to the clock in the top panel. Clicking on the bell will show a Firefox pending update notification as shown in the below screenshot.
As soon as you see the
Pending update of "firefox" snap. Close the app to avoid disruptions (13 days left) notification (which means you have 13 days to upgrade Firefox yourself or else the Firefox snap package will get an unattended upgrade) close Firefox and then reopen it after updating the Firefox snap package is finished. If the pending update to the Firefox snap package has not started yet, it can be initiated by running
sudo snap refresh. If you don't close Firefox after Firefox has finished being updated, then you will be unable to open any new tabs until you close Firefox and then reopen it.
The above only works if you actually close firefox, otherwise the snap will not refresh, and running snap refresh will not even tell that it held an update back.
The formula that worked for me:
killall firefox; sudo snap refresh;
But the user experience sucks. It was far more slick using
apt, and starting firefox on older machines seems quite a lot slower too.
The message says...
Close the app to avoid disruptions
It would be more helpful if it told you to close the app, and leave it closed for a day or so (with the computer running), to allow the pending update to occur in the background. The assumption is that this process, itself, will not be a "disruption".
The faster solution, assuming you're willing to put up with
snap shenanigans, is to run
snap refresh --list in order to identify any pending updates, then close the associated apps before running
sudo snap refresh, then repeat this sequence to make sure you were successful.
Here's a session log, further demonstrating that you can't take
snap messages at face value. Hopefully, there's enough hints here to make
snap updates more manageable.
$ sudo snap refresh All snaps up to date. $ snap refresh --list Name Version Rev Size Publisher Notes chromium 103.0.5060.53 2020 139MB canonical✓ - $ snap refresh --time timer: 00:00~24:00/4 last: today at 14:55 MDT next: today at 19:03 MDT
How to disable
snap notifications on the Settings UI
This is not ideal as you will miss out on the latest security updates. But if the thing is going to keep annoying me every other day, I can't stand it anymore.
Tested on Ubuntu 22.04. Learnt from: https://forum.snapcraft.io/t/how-to-disable-snapd-update-notifications-permanently/31117/2
It is not like I leave my laptop on suspend every night, I shut it down every day, thus shutting down the browser, and even then the update is not automatic. That system is just too user unfriendly. Devs need to implement a system that automatically downloads security updates, and that they take effect when you restart the program. A notification should only show e.g. after 24 hours of being outdated.
Firefox deb packages are available from mozillateam PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/ppa # raise firefox PPA priority echo -e 'Package: firefox*\nPin: release o=LP-PPA-mozillateam\nPin-Priority: 501' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/preferences.d/mozillateamppa sudo apt remove firefox sudo apt install firefox
The PPA repo has a higher Pin-Priority, but after two days, the snap package was installed again.
I've done the following:
apt list --all-versions firefox sudo apt install firefox=105.0+build2-0ubuntu0.22.04.1~mt1 sudo apt-mark hold firefox