this post was submitted on 29 Feb 2024
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Upon going to the releases page, I clicked on the xpi file only to see an alert pop up in Firefox:

“The add-on downloaded from this site could not be installed because it appears to be corrupt.”

I… don’t know if this should be allowed. It just feels wrong.

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[–] [email protected] 1 points 3 months ago (1 children)

I would not recommend installing addons you downloaded off the internet. Install via the add-on store.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Ah, maybe the whole context wasn't added here, but I tried to download an XPI file for a different program that uses Firefox under the hood (called Zotero). I wanted to download the file to install it manually for the other program.

Firefox naturally thought that the XPI file was meant for itself and tried to install it. The XPI file was never intended for Firefox.

Edited to add: probably a pretty obscure thing that I noticed, but it's still bizarre.