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Old 06-10-2004, 12:47 AM   #1
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REALLY silly question -- installing software


Hi,
I am really new to linux, and guess getting HD installation of KNOPPIX was a mistake for a first distro since it doesnt provide much help... anyhow... how do I install programs?

I downloaded firefox, unarchivated it. Than I moved created folder (firefox) to usr/lib folder, and tried running install function for firefox executable, but it didnt fo anything, and I cant still run it... I read manual for 'install' over and over again, but it still evades me -- which exactly files do I need to install?

I am sure many peopel here had installed firefox, so simple walkthrough on installign it thru command should be enough, since I learn by example generally =)

thanks!
 
Old 06-10-2004, 01:06 AM   #2
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hello!

ok, so you unarhivated the arhive and moved it to usr/lib. by default it created the directory "firefox". so use /usr/lib/firefox/firefox to start it. if it's another directory /usr/lib/<firefox directory name>/firefox. the arhive downloaded from mozilla.org doesn't needs to be installed.
you cand make a shortcut on the desktop that points to the file above, if you don't want to start it every time from console.

hope this helped!

boby
 
Old 06-10-2004, 01:22 AM   #3
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it works... wierd when i was in firefox folder, and i typed "firefox" nothing worked... thanks!

BTW whan exactly do I use "install" command than? Do i just rtaget executable with it?
 
Old 06-10-2004, 08:27 AM   #4
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hi again!

"install" - i think when there's a script that makes everything for you. normally you have to compile and install.."configure" -> "make" -> "make install"

so you where in the firefox folder, there you have to use ./firefox
when you want to run a program or a file in the current folder, you have to write "./" before it.
example that works:
[boby@frozenminds boby]$ cd /usr/lib/firefox
[boby@frozenminds firefox]$ ./firefox
or
[boby@frozenminds firefox]$ /usr/lib/firefox/firefox

cheers, boby

example that doesn't works:
[boby@frozenminds boby]$ cd /usr/lib/firefox
[boby@frozenminds firefox]$ firefox
 
  


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