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I really like Mozilla Firebird, but I'd like to get it to work with anti-aliasing. I downloaded the nightly build with XFT support and extracted it, but couldn't get the firebird shell script didn't appear to do anything. Do I need to remove my regular version of firebird to get this to work or is something else going wrong? Does anyone know of an XFT enabled version that works well on Mandrake?
OK, I've found it, but now when I try to run the MozillaFirebird shell script nothing seems to happen. I didn't put it in the same folder as my other version of Firebird, so that shouldn't be a problem, but I'm not sure what else I need to do. I didn't think there was any configuring needed. Am I missing a step somewhere?
First of all, Mozilla isn't running, right? Check the System Monitor of your DE or WM (I don't know if you're using KDE, GNOME or something else) and make sure there is no instance of mozilla-bin. If there is, end it.
Then open a terminal and cd to the Firebird directory and try running MozillaFirebird that way (sh ./MozillaFirebird).
You should get an error (if an error is what's going on) that might tell you more.
You could also try running Firebird with the -p switch (sh ./MozillaFirebird -p) to see if you can get the profile manager. A lot of times the "it just doesn't start" errors are because it only has the default profile available and that profile is in use somehow (a previous instance of Firebird wasn't closed properly), or there is no profile for the user, and the dialog to create one isn't coming up (this happens).
As far as I know the MozillaFirebird script should be set as executable by default, but feel free to check and confirm that-- that would be an easy fix.
As a last resort, delete the profile in your /home directory (set your file manager to show hidden files, then find the /.phoenix directory)-- make sure to save your bookmarks.html first, if you need to-- and try again. It's possible that something in the old profile prevents the new Firebird version from opening.