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royeo 08-09-2006 11:44 PM

I get error message when I try to use ,/configure command
 
I'm trying to install Firefox. I downloaded the tar.gz file. I untared it using the command tar xvzf firefox-1.5.0.6 and that seemed to work. I'm following directions from a how to at this url: http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html. But when I try to use the ./configure command I get the message: bash: ./configure: No such file or directory. I can't proceed until I get past this. I was root at the time.

I have FC-5 and use KDE. I just installed ntfs drivers. If someone can heip me please do.

Thanks,

royeo

pddm 08-10-2006 12:00 AM

The package for Firefox is a binary package. It does not have to be compiled.
All you have to do is extract it to the place where you want to install it. That's it.

Now, fedora core has probable already a version of firefox installed. you might be better off to upgrade the firefox you have using one of fedora's update utilities or get the latest rpm file from fedoras repository.

noranthon 08-10-2006 12:24 AM

As soon as I get enough time, I'm going to work on Fedora 5. I installed Thunderbird from Mozilla. When I tried to run it, I got the message that libstdc++.so.5 was not found. The advice I was given on another forum was to run
yum provides libstdc++.so.5

I'm not impressed by the way the distros try to restrict users to their own (limited and out of date) repositories.

royeo 08-10-2006 01:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pddm
The package for Firefox is a binary package. It does not have to be compiled.
All you have to do is extract it to the place where you want to install it. That's it.

Now, fedora core has probable already a version of firefox installed. you might be better off to upgrade the firefox you have using one of fedora's update utilities or get the latest rpm file from fedoras repository.

I did earlier extract it and I couldn't find a starter file. I wrote about it here and was told that a tar.gz file needed to be compiled which includes ,/configure ihg it. Now I don't know what to think. I still don't have an answer to why the ./configure command isn't recognised.

I tried first to just extract it but like I said I couldn't launch it.

Thank you for trying to help.

Roy O'Neill

Nylex 08-10-2006 04:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by royeo
I still don't have an answer to why the ./configure command isn't recognised.

pddm already gave you the answer: there is no configure file because the tarball contains a binary for Firefox. It doesn't require and configuration or compilation, all that has been done already. Tarballs do not have to contain source code that needs to be compiled.

Quote:

I tried first to just extract it but like I said I couldn't launch it.
You need to give details about what you tried and what went wrong.

Electro 08-10-2006 05:43 AM

Do you have any libstdc++ files. If you have libstdc++.so.6, you could just make a symbolic link to it. Look up the ln command with man or info.

It is ./configure. It is not ,/configure. Your langauge is messing up the syntax. The ./configure command have to run in the firefox directory. Also in order to compile programs you need the devel or header files copied to a certain directory or installed.

BTW, If you do not want to mess with repositories or dependencies, look in to Gentoo. Some people do not like it because they do not have the patience to install on a desktop system. It is tedious but easy to install. It is easy because there are documentations. It is tedious because there are a lot of steps to take.

pddm 08-10-2006 09:39 PM

Stop it Electro, this is bull!!!

Firefox cannot to be compiled in no way!!!

It is tar.gz sure, but it has no makefile and no configure file!
It comes Precompiled, ready to go, binaries, comprende?

I went through downloading and decompressing it to give royeo an accurate answer.

Royeo, the file to run after decompression is: firefox from the firefox subfolder of wherever you decompressed it to.

Listen to Nylex, he knows.

Have fun

oskar 08-10-2006 10:11 PM

Is all that hostility necessary?

Of course you can compile firefox. Download the source code, then compile it. That you don't have to is a different story.

@norathon: If you don't like packages, why do you use Mandriva? They made Gentoo for people like you.

@royeo: That you are trying to compile firefox on FC is puzzling. FC is a RPM based distro. Use FC's package manager to install firefox.

The last time I compiled something was when I still didn't know how to handle a package manager :)
Linux has the greatest software-managing system of all operating systems imho.
Why wouldn't you want to use it.

Electro 08-11-2006 02:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pddm
Stop it Electro, this is bull!!!

Firefox cannot to be compiled in no way!!!

It is tar.gz sure, but it has no makefile and no configure file!
It comes Precompiled, ready to go, binaries, comprende?

I went through downloading and decompressing it to give royeo an accurate answer.

Royeo, the file to run after decompression is: firefox from the firefox subfolder of wherever you decompressed it to.

Listen to Nylex, he knows.

Have fun

Stop what? Telling the truth or telling lies. The truth is you can compile Firefox. The lie you are telling people that you can not compile Firefox.

A precompiled of Firefox can not be run by just running firefox because it is not in the search path. You have to either type the full path something like /usr/local/firefox/firefox assuming you put it in /usr/local, change directory to /usr/local/firefox and then type ./firefox, or create a symbolic in /usr/bin named firefox that points to the executable file firefox in /usr/local/firefox. A lot of newbies always forget the './'. The ./ means in this directory run the following file.

Gentoo developers provides both a pre-compile version and source code version. I picked the binary version of Firefox while Seamonkey (aka Mozilla) is compiled. Do not tell me that you can not compile Seamonkey because you will then be load of shit.

pddm 08-11-2006 04:17 AM

We are not talking about Seamonkey.

We are talking about firefox-1.5.0.6.tar.gz.
There is nothing to compile in this file.
It is confusing for newbies.

If You are talking about this file firefox-1.5.0.6-source.tar.bz2
which can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.or...source.tar.bz2
then, yes, you can compile it, of course.

Was this what royeo asked?

oskar 08-11-2006 07:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pddm
Stop it Electro, this is bull!!!

Firefox cannot to be compiled in no way!!!

What kind of reaction do you expect from a post like this?
You are insulting him.
And you are wrong.


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