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Old 12-30-2008, 12:01 AM   #1
baci
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How can I restore lost firefox browser to linux on acer aspire one.


I"ve lost the web firefox browser from my son's acer aspireone netbook. I think I lost it while trying to add new software from menu. the computer uses xfce. Have tried rebooting with recovery disk to go back to factory defaults, but no luck with that either.
I'm not familiar with linux at all, having used windows for years. Bought young son an acer aspire one netbook with linux for christmas, was told linux was good for young children. very clear system etc.
any help very much appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2008, 12:31 AM   #2
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It's possible you only lost the shortcut to start Firefox. If you can find a terminal, open it and type: firefox, this should start it if it's still installed. If that works, we can assist in making a new shortcut.
Normally, installing software does not uninstall other applications.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Do you mean you do not have firefox on the menu any more?
In command line, what happens when you type firefox?
 
Old 12-30-2008, 12:33 AM   #4
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maybe this will be helpful...tip 10..
http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/09...ips/page5.html
 
Old 12-30-2008, 02:34 AM   #5
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thanks for the quick responses. Unfortunately when I write firefox in the terminal or command line I get a message saying 'failed to execute child process'firefox' ( no such file or directory) or 'command not found'. I have looked at the tips in the link from stratotak and they could be helpful, but I'll need a 2g usb stick first. it looks like a really good site.
meanwhile any quick suggestions for reloading firefox or other web browser would be great.

I've so impressed with this site and the very helpful forums. I'm sure I'll be able to find a solution eventually and will certainly learn a lot here. thanks again.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 04:47 AM   #6
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did you try /usr/bin/firefox
maybe you had to type path
From reading the tips it says its a modified version of firefox..maybe the execution isnt named firefox...you could ls /usr/bin and see if its there and its named firefox
 
Old 12-30-2008, 08:58 AM   #7
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I had the same problem once.

Start the bash and type: whereis firefox

The bash should give you an answer like firefox: /usr/bin/firefox /usr/lib/firefox /usr/bin/X11/firefox /usr/share/man/man1/firefox.1.gz.

Now you have, among others, the two paths /usr/bin/firefox and /usr/lib/firefox. Type cd /usr/bin. Then type ./firefox. It should start the firefox.

Alternatively you may type cd /usr/lib/firefox/ and than ./firefox. It should start the firefox, too.

It is possible to write a shellscript which starts the firefox with the above mentioned commands and lay it as an icon on the desktop. That's the way i solved my problem with the missing firefox-icon at that time. However, it may be that someone else has a better solution.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 01:27 PM   #8
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Which distro (Red hat, fedora, ubuntu, slackware....)are you using. Perhaps you can use a package manager to reinstall firefox. Installing software with the package manager is the easiest way.

Also, I suggest you add your distro to your profile to avoid the question again.

At worst, you can download the source from here and reinstall.

You will need to learn how to compile from source. I suggest to read this.

Then follow the instructions above. It will be difficult the first time, but it gets easier.

That should solve your problem.
 
Old 12-30-2008, 11:53 PM   #9
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Thanks to all the tips here, I did go searching for the file and while I didn't find firefox I did find Mozilla's seamonkey to install from the package manager. I haven't got the shortcut working, but decided that it's good that my son needs me to open the file for him, so I know when he's going online.( He's only 7, but I'm sure will work it out soon enough)
As for distros?? I'm not sure,I'll have to look it up.It is whatever came preloaded with the acer aspire one. obviously I'm very much a newbie.
thanks again everyone.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 05:09 AM   #10
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Unless you've installed something different after you bought it, if its an Acer Aspire one that came w/ Linux, then there's a really good chance its Linpus Linux Lite, which is based on Fedora.

Try opening a terminal and type "yum instal firefox" no quotes. See if that reinstalls FF, or gives you some sort of error. I'm not really a Redhat/Fedora expert, but I think that should work for installing Firefox, if it doesn't, try asking in the Fedora Forum here in LQ for help, or try looking at the Aspire one User forum....

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