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Old 03-01-2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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user mode issues - change default application


I'm not really a newbie but this feels like a newbie-type question:

I have RH8 at work, no root access. I'm trying to get Realplayer to work within Firefox (1.01) however there is a crappy ancient version of realplay that is the default. I cannot remove it, move it, rename it, etc. because I do not have permissions. I have RP10 installed in my home dir but cannot get FF to use it, even when setting the path to RP manually (as well as the plugin path). I have the FF extension "Things they left out" and all the paths are right. Problem is, I'm not downloading a ram or rmm file. It's a Java applet that appears to be trying to call the plugin and it pulls up RP8 every time (which does not work worth sh*t).

So my stupid question is, lacking root access is there anyway I can alter the default path to my local version? i.e. so that...
which realplay
...will show me /home/mydir/RealPlayer/realplay instead of /opt/tools/blah/blah/blah/realplay?

As an aside, are developers taking into account that this type of situation (people using Linux with no root access at work)? I would love to run OO and various other apps, but anything requiring root is strictly off limits for me. I understand some system stuff has to be that way, but really, do apps like OO absolutely have to be full system installs? Seems to me that as the user population grows a lot of apps may miss out on a lot of potential users.

Just my 2c.
 
Old 03-01-2005, 08:08 PM   #2
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Looks like you have to install Java as user too. BTW, what extension it is exactly you are talking about? I am interested in better control over plugins and editing the ./mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat file by hand doesn't seem to be the right thing to do.

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Old 03-02-2005, 09:43 AM   #3
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The extension really is called "things they left out". It's a little tough to find as the mozilla extensions does not have a proper search, but it's worth it. Once installed, it creates a new menu item in Tools called More Options.

Java is definitely installed in user mode (there is a system version as well, but I know it's using the much newer local version).

The problem, I think, is that Java is trying to call RealPlayer directly rather than just getting a .ram or .rmm file and handing it to the browser.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 10:11 AM   #4
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I am absolutely out of luck finding this extension. Maybe it is outdated and removed? If it is so, maybe this extension is causing your troubles? Just my 2c.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 03:41 PM   #5
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Nope. I installed this extension specifically to look into the problem I was already having.

I'm not sure why it's so difficult to find, but the extensions page sucks. I can't understand why a page indexing hundreds of extensions is not searchable.
 
Old 03-02-2005, 05:55 PM   #6
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I know there was such an extension, I used it with version 0.8.
But... I took the trouble and read descriptions for all 208 extensions. And there was nothing even close to 'things they left out' or 'advanced setup' or 'more options'. ?!?
I found an extension called 'MediaPlayerConnectivity'. Perhaps it can be some help for you.

Edit: TTLO is retired
Newest version I found on the Net carries timestamp 2003.

Last edited by Emerson; 03-03-2005 at 07:38 AM.
 
  


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