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Old 07-19-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Into which directory should I extract Firefox 3.5.1


I've installed firefox 3.5.1 and it works, but I don't think I've made an efficient install, so I'd like some ideas. I want to remove it and reinstall.

Running Fedora 10, and I have three users: Root, <me>, and Guests. Downloaded the Mozilla Firefox 3.5.1 .tar.bz2 package, and want to know where it should be extracted to so all three users can have access to it.

I also want to remove Firefox 3.0.8.

Where should I extract the package so all three can use it, and get as close as I can to an install that looks like it came natively with Fedora Core 10?

Thanks,

Moxieman
 
Old 07-19-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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/usr/local, /usr, /opt, /opt/mozilla, even /this/is/where/i/installed/firefox will work. /usr/local or /opt would be the most FHS compliant. Just make sure that you add it to the PATH variable in /etc/profile, then anyone that logs in can use it.

As far as making it look like a native FC10 install, I don't use FC, but my kids use FC9 and Firefox is installed in /usr. On the other hand, who cares if looks like a native install and if its not a native install, should it look like one?
 
Old 07-19-2009, 03:10 PM   #3
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/usr/local, /usr, /opt, /opt/mozilla, even /this/is/where/i/installed/firefox will work. /usr/local or /opt would be the most FHS compliant. Just make sure that you add it to the PATH variable in /etc/profile, then anyone that logs in can use it.

As far as making it look like a native FC10 install, I don't use FC, but my kids use FC9 and Firefox is installed in /usr. On the other hand, who cares if looks like a native install and if its not a native install, should it look like one?
I put it into /usr/local/share originally, and am in a search and destroy for files used by firefox 3.0.4 and 3.0.8.

Basically it's a question for me of figuring out where best to put things and to eliminate clutter. I figure the fewer obsolete application files hanging around, the better. Helps save some space as well. I have an old computer, and I want to keep it until it (or I), physically decays, simply because I can.

Thanks.
 
Old 07-21-2009, 09:19 AM   #4
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My preference when installing from source is to use /usr/local/src as the area to unpack and build a new application. By default most packages will install in /usr/local/whatever when make install is executed. This keeps the new package from conflicting with other packages that came with the original distribution.

You'll need to be careful with search and destroy operations. One of the nice things about Fedora is its ability to manage packages. If you desire to remove firefox-3.0 then it would be best to use either the Add/Remove Software tool or yum. This will prevent you from removing files that might have dependencies elsewhere.

When distributions, such as F10, are built they are designed with specific packages in mind, this includes updates. While I understand the desire to upgrade to firefox-3.5 you may want to ask yourself what you gain in the process versus what you are giving up. In a distribution it is often the case that other packages are dependent on the components of a package like firefox. By installing firefox-3.5 and removing firefox 3.0 you might set yourself up for problems with future updates.

Another thing you might want to consider. F11 comes with firefox-3.5 along with other new and nifty packages. Maybe it would be better to upgrade to F11. Afterall, F10 will be retired in 4-5 months.
 
  


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