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Old 06-06-2006, 03:43 PM   #1
Black Dahlia
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Firefox extensions not installing in Suse 10.0?


Hi All
First off - apologies if this is in the wrong place but I'm a newb and wasn't quite sure which forum would be best.

I've just set up my pc so that I can dual boot it with Win98se and Linux Suse 10.0. No problem with that and even impressed myself when I had a problem with no sound in Linux and managed to fix it, but, I'm having awful trouble getting firefox to install bookmarks.

I upgraded firefox to 1.5 by using the command console and the only extensions I really want are foxmarks (so that I can get to my current bookmarks) and tabmix. When I start firefox, every time it asks me if I want to install Beagle (have tried many times and no joy. (also the themes listed say they'll be installed when I restart and aren't either) I tried installing the two bookmarks I wanted and unfortunately I tried installing them directly- it was only after this that I saw the bit about downloading them to the desktop first then installing them. No problem I thought so I tried uninstalling them - no dice. It says they will be uninstalled when I restart firefox but when I go back in they still say they will be installed when I restart!

I tried deleting them by using firefox in safe mode but the option is greyed out and I can't even select them to delete them.

So this is where I stand today. I have tried searching the web on both firefox and linux forums but no joy. Whenever I've found a post that seems to be relating to this the OP seems to get accused of trolling! The only nugget of info I gleaned was that apparently some plugins are causing this, not the extensions themselves but I got no further than that.

Should I uninstall firefox and start again? I can't think of any other way round it now.

Any help gratefully recieved- sorry for the long post!
 
Old 06-06-2006, 06:14 PM   #2
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If you haven't already, then check this link. The "xpinstall.enable" fixed the theme install problem that I had, and maybe some of the other info will be of help to you. Don't know whether you used the "rpm", or "tar", method, but both worked for me. Re-install if nothing else works - no biggie !

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Unable_to_..._%28Firefox%29

Latest "tar" is at:
http://www.mozilla.com/

Good luck !
 
Old 06-06-2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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I am also a newbie and firefox upgrade confused me but I think I had more luck with it....

I noticed Firefox in suse 10 was like version 1.08 and I've been getting the suse online updates so I was thinking what the hell? Good news is firefox has the ability to check for and install updates but you have to start with something newer than v1.08!

Suse can install RPM files but all I found to download was a GZ file so I got it and read the instructions... It ended up installed in my home folder! (as a newbie, I dunno if that's good or bad) So I had 2 Firefox programs installed now! I worked it out by changing some shortcuts to launch the new version but v1.08 is still on the computer and can run!

So in my situation there, anytime I have a problem with firefox, I go to the Help/About menu and check what version I'm running!!! This is important not only for security but for some extensions!

I'm running adblock, filter set g, downthemall, flashgot, and fireftp extensions all without error and plan on installing more soon... Just watch out for ones that say win32 only!

Then upgrading forefox is kind of hard for newbies and this probably causes the proplems like you are having! It could even be that the extensions don't have file permissions where they are installed and that prevents them from running! Mine run fine in the home folder but I'm not using the one you are... Anyway, browse your file system and make sure they are not installed in a folder with a red X on the icon because that means it's for root access and you do NOT want to run internet programs as root!@
 
Old 06-07-2006, 01:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys- sorry I didn't reply sooner but we had a power cut last night!

Sidesec- I have checked the xpinstall in about:config and it is enabled and the toggle set to true but no joy. If I reinstall can I just install over the top of the previous version or should I delete the old one first?

LzW-x I installed it via rpm and like you I ended up with a version in my home folder but when I click on the shortcut and open firefox to browse the net it is the newer version that I'm using/trying to alter.

Is there a straightforward way to uninstall the version that I have? Where should I be installing the new version to? I have the two xpi files for the extensions saved to my desktop so hopefully it should be straightforward once the uninstall/reinstall is complete.

I'm off to work now but will reply again tonight- powercuts permitting!
 
Old 06-07-2006, 08:37 AM   #5
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The two methods use "rpm" files or "tar" files (compressed and shown as "gz" or "bz2").


The rpms can be found here (two mirrors are given in case one is slow or down):

ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/projects/mozi...5.0.4/9.1-i386
ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/suse/ftp...5.0.4/9.1-i386

The following link explains how to use the GUI to install them. This can all be done via the CLI, but I have never tried it. I have always been successful by first using YaST to delete the old rpm, and have never done it any other way for installs of this type. If you need to install the "translations" rpm, which is optional if you don't need foreign language support,, then install that one first, and then the main firefox rpm as described in the link below. This may prevent a possible dependency problem.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=451301



Using the "tar" file is a very easy way to install firefox, since all the files end up in one directory, which is not the case for all tarballs. I believe that there is a CLI command to "look inside" a tarball to see where the files will be extracted to before you install it, and you should check the man page, and google, for more info on that. The GUI programs mentioned below will also show you that info before you actually extract/install. As a regular user, create a directory/folder in your "home" directory where your "dot" files and personal files are, and give it a name, say (ffox). Now download the Linux tarball from Mozilla at: http://www.mozilla.com/ , move the file into the directory that you created, and use "Ark", "File-Roller", "Karchiver", or the CLI to extract/install all of the files from the tarball. Once that is done, you only have to set your links/shortcuts to point to the start script, for example (/home/bill/ffox/firefox/firefox). If you want to uninstall/re-install, all you have to do is delete the "firefox" directory that is inside the "ffox" directory, then extract the tarball again.

Good luck !
 
Old 06-07-2006, 07:23 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your help. Sidesec- that worked perfectly. Took me a while as it's going to take a bit to get used to the new way of doing things. I successfully uninstalled the old version and installed the tar, and sorted out the launch button. All extensions now installed and working. Ta muchly!
 
Old 06-07-2006, 07:32 PM   #7
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I am using Suse 10.1 and having some problems with Firefox 1.5.0.4? - the latest update.

At first I thought it was Suse 10.1 but now suspect it is with the latest Firefox. I went back to 1.5.0.3 now and it works OK. If I try to run 1.5.0.4 it gives me errors that Firefox is already running.

Last edited by pajoe; 06-07-2006 at 07:35 PM.
 
Old 06-08-2006, 07:08 AM   #8
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pajoe - see if this link is any help:


http://forums.suselinuxsupport.de/in...howtopic=38279
 
  


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