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Old 01-08-2016, 01:18 PM   #1
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Question Installing Chrome browser


Hello again. I have downloaded the updated version of firefox as well as the Chrome web browser in my Slackware install, although I can now find these files in my downloads folder, I can't figure out how to install them. This is all new to me as I have never had to manually do it before. Or is getting these programs from the source, the wrong way to install software on Slackware?
All help appreciated.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 01:47 PM   #2
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From where did you download those ?
Usually I download applications from slackbuilds.

Installation instructions are given in the below doc
http://www.slackwiki.com/SlackBuild_Scripts
 
Old 01-08-2016, 02:03 PM   #3
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From where did you download those ?
Usually I download applications from slackbuilds.

Installation instructions are given in the below doc
http://www.slackwiki.com/SlackBuild_Scripts
I downloaded from the Mozzilla site and the Google site.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 03:56 PM   #4
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You can't install chrome from slackbuilds. Unless you can live with chromium you need to take another route.
Don't know what the best way is here, but I managed to install chrome manually by downloading the .deb package, converting it to .tgz using alien and then installing it with installpkg.

This resulted in a wrong file permission being given to the / directory which resulted in the normal user getting "permission denied" for pretty much every command. This could be easily fixed by running
Code:
chmod 755 /
as root.

I am saying easily but I must confess that it took me many hours to figure this one out ;-)
 
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You can't install chrome from slackbuilds. Unless you can live with chromium you need to take another route.
Don't know what the best way is here, but I managed to install chrome manually by downloading the .deb package, converting it to .tgz using alien and then installing it with installpkg.

This resulted in a wrong file permission being given to the / directory which resulted in the normal user getting "permission denied" for pretty much every command. This could be easily fixed by running
Code:
chmod 755 /
as root.

I am saying easily but I must confess that it took me many hours to figure this one out ;-)
Thank you , I will try this.
 
Old 01-08-2016, 04:09 PM   #6
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Thank you , I will try this.
Ok, let us know how it worked out. Oh and one more thing: There is a cron.daily job that's part of the deb package. This cron job seems to be meant for Debian, I removed it and would recommend to you to do the same.
 
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Ok, let us know how it worked out. Oh and one more thing: There is a cron.daily job that's part of the deb package. This cron job seems to be meant for Debian, I removed it and would recommend to you to do the same.
Thanks for the advice. I took another look at my download, it is a deb pkg., I also looked at the permissions and user has rwx permissions here as well, so that looks good.

[converting it to .tgz using alien and then installing it with installpkg.]

This part eludes me though, I can't seem to find these tools.
 
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I downloaded from the Mozzilla site and the Google site.
Just curious why do you need both mozilla and chrome ?
FYI. Chromium is very similar to chrome.
For me it took 8 hours to compile chromium in a core2-duo pc running slackware.
 
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Just curious why do you need both mozilla and chrome ?
FYI. Chromium is very similar to chrome.
For me it took 8 hours to compile chromium in a core2-duo pc running slackware.
Actually I don't but I wasn't having any luck updating firefox, so I downloaded the newer version, when I couldn't install that , I thought I may as well try Chrome. I have used chromium before, but that was a few years back.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I took another look at my download, it is a deb pkg., I also looked at the permissions and user has rwx permissions here as well, so that looks good.
I wasn't talking about the permissions of the downloaded file. I was talking about the permissions of the / directory IN the archive. You'll see what I mean after installing.
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[converting it to .tgz using alien and then installing it with installpkg.]

This part eludes me though, I can't seem to find these tools.
I am not on my slackware machine at the moment, but installing alien was easy. I either installed it with slackpkg (which is available in Slackware by default) or using slackbuild.org which was mentioned previously. You definitely want to figure out how to use slackbuilds anyway.

installpkg is available in stock slackware, too, so no need to install it.
 
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Just curious why do you need both mozilla and chrome ?
FYI. Chromium is very similar to chrome.
For me it took 8 hours to compile chromium in a core2-duo pc running slackware.
If I may add my opinion to this question.

To me firefox is the go-to browser, I hate using google products. I use firefox for almost everything except streaming.

Chrome (not chromium!), on the other hand, is the only browser currently available that decently supports drm related stuff to use streaming sites such as netflix. In firefox you need to install things like pipelight which in turn pull wine, which I really don't want to have on my system... Chrome just supports it out of the box.
 
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Actually I don't but I wasn't having any luck updating firefox, so I downloaded the newer version, when I couldn't install that , I thought I may as well try Chrome. I have used chromium before, but that was a few years back.
I probably should go and boot my slackware laptop, but firefox ?!? Isn't this just a
Code:
slackpkg install firefox
away?!?
 
Old 01-08-2016, 04:56 PM   #13
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I probably should go and boot my slackware laptop, but firefox ?!? Isn't this just a
Code:
slackpkg install firefox
away?!?
I get; slackpkg: command not found
 
Old 01-08-2016, 05:13 PM   #14
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I get; slackpkg: command not found
Hmm, strange. How did you install slackware? slackpkg should be included. You can still look at the instructions to install it, but it being absent is strange.

You obviously ran the command as root, didn't you? Arrf. That wouldn't explain. I don't think it sits in /usr/sbin.

Which slackware release are you running?
 
Old 01-08-2016, 05:53 PM   #15
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I don't think it sits in /usr/sbin.
In fact it turns out it does. /usr/sbin is typically not in the PATH variable of the regular user, which is why your system said the command wasn't known.

Run it as root and it should work.
 
  


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