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Old 09-30-2004, 07:19 AM   #1
Daunted
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How to start firefox?


Hi all,
Installed firefox 1.0 on mandrake 10 about 2 days ago, that,s the last time i saw it. How the hell do i run the programme? Yes you've guessed it i'm real new to Linux and don't have a clue! Searches i've made reveal little gems like "start the firefox script" and "execute firefox". If only i knew what any of it meant! Simple step by step would be appreciated.
Love Mandrake, Just want to install and use a couple of apps that i really like Firefox, Thunderbird etc.
TIA
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Old 09-30-2004, 07:26 AM   #2
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Do you know that the name of the executable maybe "mozilla-firefox" and not "firefox"?

Greetings, Sascha
 
Old 09-30-2004, 07:34 AM   #3
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No i didn't and to be honest it wouldn't make any difference, i need to find out how to actually make it run, like i said clueless.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 07:39 AM   #4
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Well, if you don't have an executable named like that I guess you haven't installed it or it is somewhere where your shell doesn't look into...

Post some more details of how you installed, please...

Greetings, Sascha
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:02 AM   #5
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It installed fine using all defaults. It was when i shut it down i realised i couldn't start it again. i wrongly assumed it would have made an entry in the start menu (too long on windows) but obviously it did not.
How do i find out where it is and how to run it. Please bear in mind i have no experience using a console!
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:03 AM   #6
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Open a terminal and type

mozilla-firefox

If you'd installed it from the packaging sources setup in mandrake control centre then it most likely would've added it to the menu and bunged an icon on the desktop as well.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:06 AM   #7
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i downloaded from the mozilla firefox site
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:08 AM   #8
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Did you ever try to start it from the console?

To find it you have to run something like:

find /usr -name mozilla-firefox

This should tell you where it is ... don't know if Mandrake has something like slocate ...

Greetings, Sascha
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:46 AM   #9
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go to the install script again and installit again to /usr/local/firefox1.0 folder
then do this in the console.. i think you need to be root:
ln -s /usr/local/firefox1.0 /usr/local/firefox
ln-s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox
then just type "firefox" and press enter and you should see the window popping out..

i hope i didnt say anything wrong
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:52 AM   #10
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there should be a Firefox executable under the directory: Firefox

To find this from command prompt type:

whereis firefox

this will list the directories and files named firefox

to execute firefox in command prompt type:

./firefox
 
Old 09-30-2004, 08:56 AM   #11
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just open up a console and type the executable name eg.. mozllla-firefox
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:47 AM   #12
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if i type mozilla-firefox i get no such file or directory.

If i try to install again to a different directory i get unable to create destination directory?
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:52 AM   #13
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does this help at all?
[ted@localhost ted]$ locate firefox
/home/ted/.kde/share/apps/RecentDocuments/firefox-1.0PR-i686-linux-gtk2+xft-installer.tar.gz[2].desktop
/home/ted/.kde/share/apps/RecentDocuments/firefox-1.0PR-i686-linux-gtk2+xft-installer.tar.gz.desktop
/home/ted/Desktop/firefox-1.0PR-i686-linux-gtk2+xft-installer.tar.gz
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/mimeTypes.rdf
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/search.rdf
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/prefs.js
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/bookmarks.html
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/localstore.rdf
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/extensions
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/extensions/{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/extensions/{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}/install.rdf
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/extensions/Extensions.rdf
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/extensions/installed-extensions.txt
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/compreg.dat
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/xpti.dat
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/chrome
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/XUL.mfasl
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/compatibility.ini
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/defaults.ini
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/components.ini
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/_CACHE_MAP_
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/_CACHE_001_
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/_CACHE_002_
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/_CACHE_003_
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/54B61FB6d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/54E213D6d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/AEFDFF62d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/8FC0F054d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/47AC4093d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/74AF34AEd01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/8F6B9760d01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/Cache/024A4C4Cd01
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/history.dat
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/cookies.txt
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/bookmarks.bak
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/formhistory.dat
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/secmod.db
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/cert8.db
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/rnho9gzx.default/key3.db
/home/ted/.mozilla/firefox/pluginreg.dat
/usr/share/apps/kappfinder/apps/Internet/mozilla-firefox.desktop
[ted@localhost ted]$
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:58 AM   #14
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Is it possible you're trying to install the software as non-root ?
Then you wouldn't be able to write in directories that are not globally writable (permission problem). This causes generally a message like:
Code:
mkdir: cannot create directory `/usr/foo': Permission denied
If you try to install actually being root, then probably you try to install into a subdir where the parrent doesn't exist:
like if you don't have
Code:
/opt
and you try to install into
Code:
/opt/firefox-0.9.3
It could be the installation fails to create that installation directory, since the parent doesn't exist. So check whether /opt (or whatever) exists, and whether you have write-access to that directory.

Good luck, and hope this helps.

AND in reply to your "locate firefox" list, is it possible your locate-database is obsolete ? (have you recently run updatedb (maybe needed as root )?)

P.S.
My installation, but I fail to assure it was a "default" installation (can't remember it), returns firefox executable as
Code:
/usr/X11R6/bin/firefox -> /opt/firefox/firefox-sh -> /opt/firefox-0.9.3/firefox.sh

Last edited by gloriant; 09-30-2004 at 10:07 AM.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 10:18 AM   #15
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Sorry Guys, most of this means nothing to me, this is way over my head. sad to say its back to xp for me. I don't want "linux on a plate" but all these command lines with obscure syntax are too much for me. Its not just the firefox issue my sound card won't work either. it was reconised on install and allocated the correct driver but still refuses to work. Some other things as well i won't bore you with. Thanks to all who have replied i'll maybe try again when i have more time.
regards
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