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Old 06-25-2004, 05:13 AM   #1
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Mozilla and Firefox problems


Hello everyone...
I'v got a little problem I don't know how to deal with..
My mozilla (and firefox) is unable to start as a normal user.. you hav to be root to start them..
please help I' realy need Firefox..

//Borka
 
Old 06-25-2004, 06:47 AM   #2
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Well... most likely your permitions are not set for everyone to execute it. That can be changed with the following instruction

chmod a+x firefox (or whatever the name of the binary is)

If that doesn't work... you could maybe post the error messages?
 
Old 06-25-2004, 06:53 AM   #3
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hmm.. that did not seem to work.. but the problem is that it dose not com a messege
it just don't start..

//Borka
 
Old 06-25-2004, 07:08 AM   #4
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try starting it from a command prompt (if you haveeent' already) by just typing

$firefox

and see if iti giives you any errors to go by.

If not, did you make sure you were in the directory containing the firefox executable when you ran the chmod command? Perhaps you just set the permissions on the firefox directory rather than the file...

Just a thought....
 
Old 06-25-2004, 07:12 AM   #5
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I did that.. end it just stands firefox and then it comes upp a new line no messeges, no browser.. I were in the folder and setted upp the premisons but that dident work.. (it works fine on my other computer.)

//Borka
 
Old 06-25-2004, 07:24 AM   #6
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try this...

attempt to start it again, and make note of the time you do so. Then, look at the output of /var/log/messages and find the entries that occurred at that time. There should be something in there to givev you a hint as to what the problem is...

Have you recently moved things in your user's home directory? Where is firefox installed? If itit's installed in root's home area, that could be part of the issue. Just for kicks, you might try making your user the owner of everything in it's home directoy again by doing

chown -R user:user /home/user


where the first user is your username, the second is the user's group (which in my case is just the user's name again) and the last user is (obviously) the folder in /home that belongs to you. So, for me, iti's look like:

chown -R jeff:jeff /home/jeff

This fixed a similar issue for me once, after I had used root to move all sorts of stuff around in there.

Good luck...
 
Old 06-25-2004, 07:40 AM   #7
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Install firefox to /usr/share/firefox
Place a link to firefox.sh in /usr/bin
Code:
ln -s /usr/share/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
Start X and open a terminal window.
Type firefox

If everything is installed properly, this should solve the problem.

Normaly there should be no need to change any permissions.
But there has been an issue that there might be problems when Mozilla and Firefox are installed in the same directory.
I donīt know if this still is the case, but I had problems before when I had Firefox and Mozilla both installed in /usr/share
They both were not able to open any websites, as if there was no connection to the internet.
Also you should start firefox the first time as root. ( Only start it one time ! Do not use it as root ! )

Last edited by Raphael M; 06-25-2004 at 07:43 AM.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:44 PM   #8
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Thanks it works now.. I did run the "chown" command and the it started working..
Now I surf the web again...

//Borka
 
  


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