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Old 08-03-2003, 06:15 AM   #1
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Unpackage/Installation Questions


Hi,

I have used Linux for a while, but have only just started running my own system, and have a few questions about installing.

I recently downloaded Mozilla Firebird. Now basically it says unpackage it into a directory and run it from there, but where is the proper place to put it? I have it in usr/local/mozilla-firebird, is this kinda right? I know it doesnt really matter, but just to keep everything organised and in convention etc, id like to know.

Secondly, how do I make it so I can just type MozillaFirebird from any directory to start it up? There was an install script that came with it (run-mozilla.sh) which I think I am supposed to run and maybe that allows me to do that, but when I run it says
"run-mozilla.sh: Cannot execute . "
Any ideas?

Thirdly, I was trying to install some QT3 rpms, and they said I needed to have libGLCore.so.1 and that I didnt have it. However I did have it, as it was installed with my Nvidia drivers, however these were installed with a script, not an RPM, and so RPM doesnt know about it. Therefore I had to install the NVIDIA_GLX rpm to install a file which I already had. This is the second time this type of problem has occured in my short Linux admidistering life, and so was wondering if there is a way around this, because it seems like somewhat of a flaw in the system.

Thanks for your help

Floyd
 
Old 08-03-2003, 06:52 AM   #2
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Firebird can be unpacked anywhere... if you prefer Firebird to be ran globally (by anyone, then just create a symlink to it in /usr/local/bin).

How I did it was, I unpacked the MozillaFirebird tarball in /opt. And then I symlinked the MozillaFirebird executable to /usr/local/bin by typing:

ln -s /opt/MozillaFirebird/MozillaFirebird /usr/local/bin/firebird

Now everyone can run it just by typing firebird.

Last edited by Azmeen; 08-03-2003 at 10:47 AM.
 
Old 08-03-2003, 09:19 AM   #3
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Ah, sweet, firebird now runs globally. Thanks, although the arguments for ln are back to front I think

Anyone got any ideas about questions 1 and 3?

Thanks

Floyd
 
Old 08-03-2003, 10:50 AM   #4
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I believe I answered your 1st question as well...

The reason I chose to unpack Firebird in /opt is because of this FHS recommendation... At least that's my intepretation for it
 
Old 08-03-2003, 10:52 AM   #5
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Sorry for another post, but I think there's a force flag for the rpm installation command (-f i think). I'm not 100% sure because I don't use RH nor any other distros that uses RPMs...

Don't ask me why because I'm sure my reply will be intepreted as flamebait
 
Old 08-05-2003, 02:23 AM   #6
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Ahh yes, you did answer the first, but the FHS standard makes things clear, Thanks!
 
  


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