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Old 05-14-2005, 10:02 AM   #1
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Question What is a Symbolic Link?

Im trying to get java working in firefox and I found this very useful site on how to configure plugins for firefox which is cool, trouble is it says something about creating a symblic link, and I dont understand what this means, anyone got any hints on this? Is this like a desktop shortcut or something? If so, how would I go about creating one? Also is there a way to do it that doesnt involve the konsule? (I am one of these new lazy point and click people)

Old 05-14-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Easy definition : a link to an app
long definition :

No you don't have to go to the command line, but its faster.
Open two Konqueror windows
in one browse to the /usr/lib/java
in the other browse to where you would like to make your /usr/local/firefox/plugins
highlight the file
move to the intended destination
Konqueror should give you 3 choices
Pick link here
All done


open a terminal
and type "ln -s /usr/lib/java/plugin /usr/local/firefox/plugins/plugin"
All done

Of course replacing my examples with the real file locations.
Old 05-14-2005, 10:27 AM   #3
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Lets say you have mozilla and firefox installed and the plugins work for mozilla but you don't have them installed for firefox.The plugins for mozilla are at /usr/local/mozilla/plugins and the plugin folder for firefox is at /usr/local/firefox/plugins
First remove the firefox plugin folder
rm /usr/local/firefox/plugins
next link mozillas plugins so firefox can use them;
ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/plugins /usr/local/firefox
If you look in /usr/local/firefox you will see a link plugins to the mozilla plugins and when you install plugins for mozilla they will be linked to firefox,hope this helped


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