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Old 04-29-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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New guy here needs help Firefox and Fedora 5


Hey guys I'm a little new to linux. I installed Fedora Core 5 on one of my old computers. I was trying to update Firefox and it didn't work. Now Firefox is no longer starting and when i open web browser I just getting Mozilla. It now looks or says Firefox. Do I have to re-install Firefox if so wat is the fastest and easiest way to do so. Do I have to update Fedora first?

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Old 04-29-2008, 05:02 PM   #2
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Fedora 5 is fairly old as Fedora goes is a 2.6 kernel version so isn't ancient. If you have the cycles you might want to consider upgrading to Fedora 8 (they've dropped the "Core" from name as of Fedora 7).

Notes I wrote about upgrading Firefox (or Thunderbird):

To install Firefox or Thunderbird on Linux:

Download the tar.gz package from www.mozilla.org

Look in /usr/lib to see if an earlier package exists - if it doesn't have version number suffix you may need to save it.

Unbundle the package to /usr/lib:
e.g.
cd /usr/lib
tar xzvf /root/firefox.2.0.0.14.tar.gz

This should create a directory with the install usually without the version.
e.g.
/usr/lib/firefox

So you'll know later you should renamed the directory with the version:
e.g.
mv /usr/lib/firefox /usr/lib/firefox.2.0.0.14

Make a link (check for existing executable first and save it if desired):
e.g.
which firefox
Shows: /usr/bin/firefox
mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox.old
ln -s /usr/lib/firefox.2.0.0.14/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

At that point you should just be able to start the application by typing the command at the prompt:
e.g.
firefox

Also the GUI "world" icon is for the browser and should already point to /usr/bin/firefox. If so you should be able to start firefox after the above procedure by clicking on it as you did before. You can go to Help - About Firefox after you start it to verify you have the latest version.
 
Old 04-30-2008, 02:24 AM   #3
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Could you remove and re-install firefox using yum?

http://www.webpipe.net/howto/Linux_commands
 
Old 04-30-2008, 08:18 AM   #4
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If a yum repository contains the newer Firefox then you wouldn't need to remove it. You'd simply do yum update firefox. However, the repositories I'd looked at when I wrote up the above last year didn't contain Firefox. If you've found one for FC5 that does by all means use that instead.

From your system type "yum whatprovides firefox" to see if you get any repository matches. As I recall I had checked this for both FC4 and FC6 last year with no luck.
 
  


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