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Old 10-08-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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Unhappy cannot make symbolic link

Hi all, Using Debian 3.1, i just installed the new version of the mozilla web browser to its default location /usr/local/, looking at the properties of the mozilla shortcut on the panel it says it runs the command mozilla-suite. I think what i need to do is create a symbolic link in /usr/bin/ pointing mozilla-suite to /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla/, ive been trying to do this for about an hour now. The closest i got to it working was the panel shortcut saying "symbolic link too deep" (i think thats what it said). This is driving me mad Anyone know what im doing wrong?

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Old 10-08-2005, 09:37 AM   #2
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#ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla /usr/local/bin/mozilla
If you have an old version of Mozilla you may have to uninstall it then create the symlink.
Old 10-08-2005, 09:46 AM   #3
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Bit tricky without seeing what you have been typing!

To create a symbolic link, use:

ln -s PathToTargetFile Linkname

This should work:

su to root.
cd /usr/local/bin
ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla mozilla

(Just check the path to your mozilla script /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla is correct)

Then just type mozilla to launch it, or check the path on your icon.

(Alternatively, you could just change the path on your icon to /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla)

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Old 10-08-2005, 10:15 AM   #4
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Thank you very much for the help

This was what worked:
linux:/usr/bin# ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla mozilla-suite

2 things i was doing wrong, adding / to the end of where i was pointing to:
linux:/usr/bin# ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla/ mozilla-suite
linux:/usr/bin# ln -s mozilla-suite /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla
dont know why i was trying to do it that way.

Thanks again.

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