Impossible to install firefox-184.108.40.206.tar.gz on RedHat V 5
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Impossible to install firefox-220.127.116.11.tar.gz on RedHat V 5
I am new to Linux. I have used windows for the past 10 years and decided to use Linux for all the good reasons we know.
I am trying to install firefox 18.104.22.168 on my new distro RedHat v 5. I have to say that this is not working at all. I have downloaded firefox and then I have uncompressed firefox. That is as far as I went. I have tried to compile it as the .tar.gz is the source code of the soft. SO i think I have used the command below but it didn't work. Nothing happened. I am really lost here. Can anyone help me please.
tar zxf linuxquestions.tar.gz
make test (optional)
you may have just downloaded a binary package in tar.gz format, look inside the directory for firefox and firefox-bin, if there is a Makefile.am and a configure file then yes you downloaded sourcecode, if there is no Makefile.am & configure file then you downloaded a pre-built binary in a tar.gz package...
Did you actually download the source code for Firefox, or the prebuilt binary? Just because a file is in .tar.gz/.tar.bz2 format for example doesn't necessarily mean it contains source code. The "tar" is for "tape archive" and the "gz" or "bz2" indicates the type of compression used.
Also, what does "linuxquestions.tar.gz" have to do with Firefox?! You also didn't say exactly what "it didn't work" means. We aren't at your machine and can't see the output from commands you use, so you need to give us detailed information - error messages for example.
Well, I don't get any error message at all. Nothing happens. That's it.
I have dowloaded firefox from firefox's website and it seems that I have no Makefile.am & Configure file. So I have a pre built binary in tar.gz. I dowloaded firefox in /usr/local. I used the command tar zxf firefox-2.0.03.tar.gz to decompress the soft. It created another directory called firefox and then I tried to use the command below to install it or run it but nothing happened. I couldn't even get to the directory firefox.
PS: the "linuxquestion" is my mistake. It has no relation to the soft firefox
One last point. The old version that was installed is not working anymore. It has become firefox.old now. It is my mistake. I have just repeat a command line that I found in the website without really knowing what I was doing. I have to say that linux is not easy at all but a lot more fun than windows
I think I have messed badly my system. I had only firefox.22.214.171.124 preinstalled on it. Since it has become firefox.old it is not working anymore.
I have now managed to download and decompresse firefox.126.96.36.199. It is in my directory /usr/local but I don't how to make it work.
Actually Nylex, the instructions that come with firefox are crap (and that's being complimentary). Even looking at their installation instructions (which is all the readme.txt says to do) tells you nothing about running firefox. Okie didn't even really hint at that (he says to look for it), and having installed plenty of precompiled packages, I'd have thought that I had to copy the firefox executable to some other directory (which from my quick read was implied from the link I posted before). I can see if you know that's what you need to do, Okie's comment makes sense, but not otherwise.
You need to install the C++ library package that provides that file, though I'm not sure what that package is called under Red Hat. It may simply be called "libstdc++-<version>", but I don't know. I assume Red Hat has some kind of tool you can use to search for packages, have a look there and tell us what you find (or if another RH user sees this thread, they'll be able to guide you).
Distribution: Mainly Debian and Mepis, but also Slackware, Arch and Mandriva
You mentioned you're using Red Hat 5, which is years out of date (and probably explains that error), so it would be worth upgrading to a current distro (if you want to carry on with Red Hat type stuff you could use Fedora or CentOS). These will also likely include the latest version of Firefox as a binary package, which you can just install via the package manager.
# yum install firefox
(I think, I don't really use Fedora)
Last edited by 1337_penguin; 05-20-2007 at 02:44 PM.
Yes the op is running Red Hat ES V 5. Which is the latest version (hopefully so). I tried to install the librairy but it told that it was already there. i tried the yum install command. It didn't work either.