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Oct 26, 2011 - 1 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

How to stop firefox 'update failed' dialog messing with your WebDriver automation

There I am, figuring out how to debug my FitNesse automation from within eclipse. And up pops the Firefox ‘update failed dialog’ and interfering with my automation.

A bane and a pain when using Selenium RC. But with WebDriver there are easy ways round this.

Start firefox with a profile and set the “app.update.silent” firefox property to true.

The update error will still happen, but at least firefox won’t try and tell your automated processes about it.

profile.setPreference(“app.update.silent”, true);

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Oh, and the FitNesse in unit tests is


      public void runAFitNesseTest(){

            JUnitHelper helper = new JUnitHelper("./fitnesse",
                        new File(System.getProperty(""), "fitnesse").getAbsolutePath());

            // type in the name of the test you want to debug here
            String testName = "FitNesse.AcceptanceTestSuite.ATestCase";

          try {
            } catch (Exception e) {
                  // TODO Auto-generated catch block

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