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Old 02-29-2004, 08:39 PM   #1
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How to fire up Firefox after download


(While the wife is crackin' at me for screwing up Windows....)

I downloaded and successfully installed Firefox. But how do I make a short cut. I tried Right Click...Link to App...but I never know what to link it to. Displayed are a list of .bin, .so
.sh.

Please advise.

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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In the folder where you installed FireFox, there'll be a file called "firefox" (without any extension). Just link the shortcut to that.

Note that the executable are typically installed to the /usr/bin directory. Not in this case though.

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thunderbird is the same way.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 09:06 PM   #4
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I tried that but it doesn't work. Linked it to Firefox (page in background with black screen in front) but didn't work.

Just thinking, do I have to log off and log back in?

Thanks.
 
Old 02-29-2004, 11:09 PM   #5
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Nothing fancy needed to create a shortcut to your desktop - I simply drag the Firefox icon from the extracted directory onto the desktop and then click "Link here" (using KDE)
 
Old 03-01-2004, 12:04 PM   #6
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Open up a xterm and type in the path to where Firefox was extracted such as /path/to/firefox/firefox and see if an error comes up. If so you may need to download a different firefox found here http://mozilla.gnusoft.net/firefox/releases/0.8/ and download the firefox with xft.

Remove the old firefox you extracted and extract the new downloaded tar package. I had to use this one in order to get firefox to work, it wouldn't work with the regular firefox package.

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Old 03-01-2004, 07:40 PM   #7
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I tried the new download and same thing. Logged on as root...deleted the old Firefox Folder. Downloaded the new one, installed fine. I then go back to the folder and all the icons are listed. I tried (file:/root/Coop/FireFox/firefox/firefox) the firefox icon with the black screen and white page behind it. "Couldn't find program" is the error.

Anything else?
 
Old 03-01-2004, 08:37 PM   #8
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What happens when you launch it from the console?
 
Old 03-02-2004, 06:53 PM   #9
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Sorry to drag this out but I can't figure it out. I have tried downloading from the site and the other link provided here.

Here is what it looks like now:

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 root]# cd Coop/Firefox

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 Firefox]# ls
firefox/ firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 Firefox]# cd firefox

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]# ls
chrome/ libnspr4.so* libssl3.so* regchrome*
components/ libnss3.so* libxpcom_compat.so* regxpcom*
defaults/ libnssckbi.so* libxpcom.so* res/
firefox* libplc4.so* libxpistub.so* run-mozilla.sh*
firefox-bin* libplds4.so* mangle* searchplugins/
icons/ libsmime3.so* mozilla-xremote-client* shlibsign*
ipc/ libsoftokn3.chk mozipcd* xpicleanup*
libmozjs.so* libsoftokn3.so* plugins/

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]# firefox
bash: firefox: command not found


So I type:

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]# firefox

And I get Program cannot be found. I also tried to drag the icon over to the desktop but it says the same thing. Is there something simple (or huge) I am missing?

Thanks.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 07:47 PM   #10
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You need to specify the full path to firefox. So in the above case, it will be

#/coop/Firefox/firefox/firefox (or something like this)

alternatively, go into the directory where the program is and then do
./firefox

(notice the ./ at the beginning. It's important).
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:11 PM   #11
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On the firefox I dwnloaded it's started with the mozilla-firefox command. Tis in me path so no directory needed.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:15 PM   #12
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I tried it, please correct me if I'm wrong...

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 root]# cd Coop/Firefox/firefox

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]# ls
chrome/ libnspr4.so* libssl3.so* regchrome*
components/ libnss3.so* libxpcom_compat.so* regxpcom*
defaults/ libnssckbi.so* libxpcom.so* res/
firefox* libplc4.so* libxpistub.so* run-mozilla.sh*
firefox-bin* libplds4.so* mangle* searchplugins/
icons/ libsmime3.so* mozilla-xremote-client* shlibsign*
ipc/ libsoftokn3.chk mozipcd* xpicleanup*
libmozjs.so* libsoftokn3.so* plugins/

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]# ./firefox
./firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: libXft.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

[root@h00a0cc5fd9d3 firefox]#

Thanks.
 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:20 PM   #13
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the problem is not with the way you're starting firefox. As the message says,. you're missing a file. I'm not sure which package that would be in but it must be on the CDs. Go to mandrake control center and then to the software installation tool and look for a package that contains libXft.so.2 (use the search function).
 
Old 03-02-2004, 09:42 PM   #14
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This may be an rpm you need to install http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/se...rake+9.0&arch=

HTH
 
Old 03-02-2004, 11:29 PM   #15
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I just usually make a launcher instead of linking....or is that the same thing? Correct me if I'm wrong... <<<<<<<<
 
  


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