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Old 10-29-2006, 07:41 AM   #1
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How do I get installed software to run?


Apologies if this is in the wrong forum. Not sure if it is a software thing or what exactly. Since I am a NEWBIE and it is probaly a problem with me, I'll place it here.

I finally was able to get ubuntu 6.10 installed on my laptop. What a chore getting the laptop to boot from the cd. But, that is another story...

I had a problem with the partitions section of the install. Everything I tried would not work. I finally gave up and let the cd auto-configure the partitions for me. I have a 10gig drive and wanted 6 gig in "/", 380mb in "swap"(256 * 1.5), and the rest in "/home". I couldn't get the "/" to work. Ubuntu has you create the partitions in one section, but you name them in the next section. When I tried to name the partions I created, the install would complain there was no "/" - even after I named it via the gui. Oh well, I backed up and let Ubuntu do it all.

Ubuntu installed and runs.

Problem. Firefox won't run. Emacs won't run. I haven't gotten into much else yet. I have a wireless connection and can get and send email. When I click on the Firefox icon, it churns for a moment then stops. No error or message window. Hmmmm. When I use the terminal and want to create a new script using emacs, I type at the prompt:$ emacs filename
and nothing happens. I do a locate emacs and I get about a million lines that show emacs. The same for firefox

Am I doing something wrong or is there something else I need to do first?

I mentioned the partioning thing, because I had a thought that maybe the auto install didn't allow enough swap space. Being new, I don't know how to find out how much swap space I have allocated.

Any advice would be most appreciated.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 09:03 AM   #2
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Your swap should be fine, it will depend on how you use your computer though.

Do you get any error message when you type emacs /filename?

Have you tried running Firefox from the command line? How did you install Firefox, from a download or through Ubuntu during installation? I know if you download Firefox and install it on Debian, it won't run until you also install another package, I forget what it is though, since I installed it a while ago. But if you installed it through Ubuntu, it should have resolved this. If not, you should get an error message when starting from CLI.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.

Firefox comes installed with ubuntu; I did nothing to affect this.

I did resolve the emacs. Ubuntu has an add/remove programs application gui that I used to install a few programs like emacs and gftp. I didn't know this was there. Firefox was already checked off as being installed.

I have receieved no error messages from attempting to launch firefox via the icon. I checked the properties of the launcher icon for firefox and it points to: firefox %u I guess this is some universal string for finding the firefox program.

In the command line I type in firefox and I get a "Segmentation fault core dumped" line. The same when I enter firefox %u

Thanks for any tips...
 
Old 10-29-2006, 01:18 PM   #4
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Running programs can be done by typing the name of the file, if the file is in your path. Ubuntu installs Firefox in your path, so you can run it by just typing

firefox

If the file is not in your path, you must supply the location, like:
/opt/firefox

Don't know why you are getting a segmentation fault. I did find something on the Ubuntu forums about changing the color depth. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=281311
 
Old 10-29-2006, 03:04 PM   #5
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from bugzilla.gnome.org (clear as mudd)


------- Comment #1 from Christian Kirbach 2006-10-29 18:32 UTC ------- crash caused by some firefox library

Thanks for taking the time to report this bug.
However, this application does not track its bugs in the GNOME Bugzilla. We kindly ask you to report the bug to the application authors. For a selective list of other bug tracking systems please consult http://live.gnome.org/Bugsquad/TriageGuide/NonGnome.

If the affected third party application has a bug tracking system you should investigate whether a bug for the reported issue is already filed in this system. If it has not been filed yet please do so. Also ensure that both bug reports contain a link to each other. Thanks in advance!
 
Old 10-29-2006, 04:19 PM   #6
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Fixed - resolved.

I found a site in firefox.com that suggested running - from the cmd line:
/.firefox -safe-mode
Firefox loaded and ran fine - in safe mode. If my problem was a bug in the libraries, maybe re-installing would fix it.

I downloaded firefox 2.o tar.gz from firefox.com and followed instuctions on this site.

http://www.brunolinux.com/03-Install..._in_Linux.html

I don't know if I actually re-installed firefox, perhaps this was just a new install to a new location. But it works.
 
Old 10-29-2006, 04:20 PM   #7
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Is there a way to officially close these problems or to mark them as resolved?
 
Old 10-29-2006, 11:13 PM   #8
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Glad to hear you fixed it.
 
  


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