Heads up about uBlock Origin updates

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barbaz
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Heads up about uBlock Origin updates

Post by barbaz » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:57 pm

I recently updated uBlock Origin to version 1.24.0, and noticed that it didn't seem to update, nothing happened after downloading the new version. It didn't actually updated until I restarted my browser (Waterfox Current) with -purgecaches command-line switch.

This had me wondering if something was seriously broken with my uBlock Origin installation and/or Waterfox profile, but after the browser restart everything seemed OK with uBlock Origin and elsewhere, so I ended up mostly ignoring this. Until I had to check something in the latest uBlock Origin dev build.. and got the exact same "hang" again upon trying to install it.

Turns out this behavior is a uBlock Origin design choice - https://old.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/c ... o_ubo_124/
https://old.reddit.com/r/uBlockOrigin/comments/dzkwyw/cannot_update_to_ubo_124/f88kxc8/ wrote:This behaviour is on purpose, if you dislike it, set extensionUpdateForceReload to true in Advanced Settings, provided you are/become an "Advanced User" first.
So now I've flipped that setting, and updating uBlock Origin is back working again. Image

Just posting this as a heads-up in case it saves some confusion, I did not know extensions could intentionally defer a manual update like this and this unexpected behavior really had me concerned that my daily-use Waterfox profile had been hosed.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!
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