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Old 12-19-2010, 10:49 PM   #1
Bhakta Neal
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Can't install Firefox in SalixOS


New install of SalixOS 13.1 KDE. (Slackware derivative)

I just do not know how to install the .tar.bz2 to make it work.

My ass has been pampered by all the 'buntus, so I almost never had to use the terminal.

So with the very scarce help in other forums, I have failed constantly for the last 4 hours to install Firefox.

Please teach me how to use the terminal for this.
 
Old 12-19-2010, 10:53 PM   #2
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In the terminal:

Quote:
neally@darkstar:~$ tar xvfj firefox-3.6.13.tar.bz2
tar (child): firefox-3.6.13.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
I also have been trying the
Quote:
tar xfj
command too. Same results.
 
Old 12-20-2010, 02:32 AM   #3
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Is there no package available for your distro? Why do you need to use the tarball the Mozilla provides? In any case, the error message is quite clear - there's no such file in the current directory. Make sure you've got the name right (use tab completion to avoid such problems) and check you're in the same directory as the file.

Edit: you can use ls to list files in the current directory and use cd to change directories.

Edit: certainly Slackware has a package for Firefox 3.6.13, so maybe Salix has one too. I don't know if it uses regular Slackware packages.

Last edited by Nylex; 12-20-2010 at 02:36 AM.
 
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Old 12-20-2010, 02:36 AM   #4
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"neally@darkstar:~$ tar xvfj firefox-3.6.13.tar.bz2
tar (child): firefox-3.6.13.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now "

Either you're in the wrong directory, or you're typing the filename wrong.

type
Code:
ls
in the terminal, and see if firefox-3.6.13.tar.bz2 is in the output
 
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:59 AM   #5
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Are you sure you haven't already got Firefox installed? Or, like Nylex suggested, you should be able to get a ready made package.
 
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Old 12-20-2010, 08:47 AM   #6
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@Bhakta Neal,

in most linux distributions the way to install software is not by going to the software's homepage and downloading whatever is there. That is what you do on another OS that has no concept of package management. You need to learn what package management is and how to use a package manager to install software.

In your case, you can either run the "Gslapt package manager" from the System menu, search for firefox and install the package, or alternatively run this in a root terminal:
Code:
slapt-get -i mozilla-firefox
 
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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Ok, thank you gapan and everyone else too.

Idiotically, I did not explore enough for the Gslapt package manager, which indeed has Firefox waiting for me.

I found it all and installed last night.

Just so that this thread ends as an educational one, all newbz should thoroughly check for the application of their choice within their package managers. I have seen it written that if an application is clean and legit, it likely is alread offered in the repositories, and the OS's package manager will do the hard work for you. (de-)Compliling, etc is for major geeks, and newbs shouldn't be messing with all that...

...in my humble opinion...

Thanks for the help.
 
  


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