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Mozilla-importer and mozilla-build-system

From: swedebugia
Subject: Mozilla-importer and mozilla-build-system
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:30:27 -0800


We currently have neither langpacks, dictionaries nor add-ons for Icecat

This forces the users to install them iperatively through Icecat which
for the case of dictionaries entails getting an error when following the
"add dictionaries" menu-link in Icecat to an old mozilla-page. 

Installing via the new mozilla dictionary UI page here does work though

Clicking install downloads and loads this file:

The langpacks are provided by upstream here:

Add-ons installation support is buggy as has been reported here:

We can do better than this!

I beleive all these problems could be solved easily if we would package
these in guix and make sure our Icecat looks for them in the right

Perhaps a new mozilla-importer and mozilla-build-system is a worthwhile
project? It should unpack and install the .xpi-files. There is an API
available for the add-ons repository:

An example output is this:

If we package the langpacks and dictionaries from the upstream links I
hope we can update them with "guix refresh".


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