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Old 12-27-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Dear members

I need to install firefox which I downloaded but its not in rpm, I untar the file and its in below mentioned format.
Quote:
[root@server Downloads]# [root@server Downloads]# ls
firefox-17.0.1.tar GTunnel.zip
[root@server Downloads]# tar -xvf firefox-17.0.1.tar

cd firefox
[root@server firefox]# ls
application.ini dictionaries libnss3.so libssl3.so run-mozilla.sh
blocklist.xml extensions libnssckbi.so libxpcom.so searchplugins
chrome firefox libnssdbm3.chk libxul.so Throbber-small.gif
chrome.manifest firefox-bin libnssdbm3.so modules updater
components icons libnssutil3.so mozilla-xremote-client updater.ini
crashreporter libfreebl3.chk libplc4.so omni.ja update-settings.ini
crashreporter.ini libfreebl3.so libplds4.so platform.ini webapprt
crashreporter-override.ini libmozalloc.so libsmime3.so plugin-container webapprt-stub
defaults libmozsqlite3.so libsoftokn3.chk precomplete
dependentlibs.list libnspr4.so libsoftokn3.so removed-files
[root@server firefox]#
like we use to identify .exe in windows, how can we identify the installation file here and how to install.

PS: I googled for it but every website tells its own story,

Last edited by sudo_su; 12-27-2012 at 01:55 PM.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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Linux is NOT Windows! Linux software is installed from repositories using a package manager. The distribution of Linux you are using Red Hat, Centos, will have a package manager which will allow you to download and install Firefox. You don't have to go round separate software sites for .exe files to get your programs or upgrades as you do with Windows.
Or...
You'd be better downloading the .rpm version and installing with
Code:
yum install Firefox-<suffix>
which will also install any dependencies required.

Play Bonny!
 
Old 12-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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You are usually better off using repositories. If you want a newer version of a program which isn't available in the repositories for your distribution, you may run into dependency problems. Not sure if there would be problems with firefox. I'm wondering where you downloaded firefox from. Going to the Mozilla site below, all the Linux downloads of firefox 17.0.1 are: firefox-17.0.1.tar.bz2.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #4
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There is no install file. Just issue ./firefox to run it in place.
 
Old 12-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by sudo_su View Post
Dear members

I need to install firefox which I downloaded but its not in rpm, I untar the file and its in below mentioned format.


like we use to identify .exe in windows, how can we identify the installation file here and how to install.

PS: I googled for it but every website tells its own story,
Your downloaded firefox installer is for windows, it can be inferred from the fact it has a *.zip archive; those for gnu/linux are normally archived as *.tar.gz or *.bz2. So download the one for gnu/linux from here.

Don't worry if it is not in *.rpm or *.deb format it will still run so long as all dependencies are satisfied for that particular version. Do it this simple way--
Code:
 ~$ tar xzjf downloaded-archived.bz2 
~$ cd tarred-folder
~$ ./firefox
That should be enough to launch firefox. If there is an unsatisfied dependency it will not run, so go download an earlier version that will match your kernel version.

There is no need to look for an *rpm package, I have run firefox many times from the tarred folder or from build, although it is always best to find and use one already packaged for your distro version.

Come back if you have further issues.

Hope that helps. Good luck.
 
  


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