InstallTrigger

Used to trigger an installation of a component. The component should be an XPI file containing the files to installed. The XPI file will be downloaded and the install.js script within the installer will be executed. This object is a global object and its methods can be called directly.

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Properties and Methods:

compareVersion ( String name , String version )
compareVersion ( String name , String version , major , minor , release , build )

Compares the version of a package being installed with the current version installed. You can either pass in a string as the version or a set of up to four integers, representing each part of the version.

If you don't supply all four integers, the missing values default to 0. The string version is a set of numbers separated by periods, as in 4.2.5 which is major version 4, minor version 2 and release 5.

The compareVersion function returns a value which determines what value is different. The following table describes possible return values:

ConstantValueDescription
EQUAL0The versions are the same.
BLD_DIFF1The current installation has a higher build version number.
BLD_DIFF_MINUS-1The current installation has a lower build version number.
REL_DIFF2The current installation has a higher release version number.
REL_DIFF_MINUS-2The current installation has a lower release version number.
MINOR_DIFF3The current installation has a higher minor version number.
MINOR_DIFF_MINUS-3The current installation has a lower minor version number.
MAJOR_DIFF4The current installation has a higher major version number.
MAJOR_DIFF_MINUS-4The current installation has a lower major version number.

enabled ( )

Returns true if installs are enabled. This corresponds to the value of the Mozilla preference 'xpinstall.enabled'.

getVersion ( component )

Returns the version of a component currently installed as a string. Returns null if the component is not installed.

install ( arr , notifyFunction )

Starts an installation. The first argument is an array of packages to be installed.

The notifyFunction is a callback function which you may define which is called when an installation is complete or when an error occurs. The callback function takes two arguments, the first will be the URL of the package that was installed and the second is an integer which will be zero if successful and non-zero if an error occured. The special value 999 indicates that the user must restart their system before the installation can complete (usually due to locked files).

You will typically install only one package but you may install as many as you wish. A dialog box will be presented to the user to confirm the installation. The example below will install two packages

xpi["Calculator"] = "calc.xpi";
xpi["PictureViewer"] = "pict.xpi";
InstallTrigger.install(xpi , myCallbackFunction);

Two packages, the Calculator and PictureViewer are installed. The XPI files are URLs relative to the script triggering the installation.

installChrome ( type , url, name )

Installs a new chrome package. This function is a shorthand for the more general install function. The following values are valid for the type:

startSoftwareUpdate ( url , flags )

Starts a software installation. The first argument is the URL of the installation archive file. The second argument is used for flags, which is currently unused. The function is simply a shorthand for the install function when only one component is being installed and no callback function is desired.

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