Hehe ... basing on the posts of this thread it seems that you have installed
mozilla from source or from precompiled source. Well, sorry, `rpm -ev
<package>' and the `rpm' command in general apply only for programs that
you have installed via rpm
Can sources or even precompiled sources be
turned in rpms?? Sure!! But this would require some reading and work on your
behalf which I guess you (just like me when I was in your shoes) don't even
want to hear about at this stage. Thankfully for us, there is a workaround for
these situations (keep on reading).
Now, about the problems that you are facing with the fonts and so on,
you should be prepared for this kind of stuff when you install from source or
from precompiled source (mere - not refering to rpm packages). Why??' Cause
many times, compilation of sources needs fine-tuning: some finishing touches here and there, special compilation parameters, that kind of stuff. The greater
the sources the more this rule applies (like here with mozilla). Other major
problems with compiling and installing mere sources is that they are hard to
uninstall and upgrade, they may break silently some programs on your system
leaving you in the dark without notice and so on. So avoid sources (the .tar.gz
, tar.bz2 ones - not the `src.rpm' ones you will see below) until you really get to
know what you are doing. As for rpm packaging system, it has adressed, in a
99.9% rate, all these and many other difficult problems. In fact, as far as I
know at least, it's the most advanced packaging system out there.
Now about acquiring a more fine-tuned mozilla: Before you uninstall
your new mozilla use it to download a mozilla .src.rpm (the site to download it
is below). Note the `.src' before the ending `.rpm' here: just have in mind it
denotes a quitte different type of package from the common `.rpm'
package. Follow this link to download the package:
When done open a console and just login as root:
password: <your password>
now `cd' to the directory where you downloaded the mozilla package and issue:
Note: Make sure first you have at least 1.6G available space on you HD in order this to work: mozilla is a beast and unlike usual programs it needs a lot of
space to compile.
rpmbuild --rebuild mozilla-1.4-12.src.rpm
Now let your computer to compile mozilla. On an intel's Pentium 1.9Ghz
compilation took about 4/5 hours. So, be patient. By the time compilation will
finally be over, several rpms (not src.rpms) will have been created. Where??
Well it depends: If you are using mandrake you will find them in:
/usr/src/MDK/RPMS/i386 or something
if you are using redhat, you will find them at:
if you are using SuSE:
(you get the picture)
Now once you've switched to the directory where these RPMs are located just
rpm -Uvh *.rpm (it's OK if you don't understand)
Now type at the command line: mozilla and voila: you will have the ultimate browser up and running at your disposal!! Isn't FS cool!?
Anyway, I hope these to prove helpful.
P.S.1: I know that I am asking you to wear your clothes inside-out with all this
stuff, but if you really want to use Linux, instead of start hitting your head
against the wall for using it, you must become accustomed to these things
P.S.2: An excellent, must-read tutorial for using Rpm is here:
install the rpm and reach the index of the documentation it provides via path:
read chapters 1 through 7 and you will never have problems with rpms.