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driftboy 09-26-2008 09:24 PM

howto install firefox on debian

So far I downloaded/unpacked firefox3 and gtk to my /opt directory.

I failed to install gtk.

#ls /opt
firefox firefox-3.0.3.tar.bz2 gtk+-2.10.14 gtk+-2.10.14.tar.bz2

First attempt I was missing pkg-config.

#apt-get install pkg-config
successfully install pkg-config

Second attempt; here is where I need help.

#./configure --prefix=/opt/gtk210

checking for BASE_DEPENDENCIES... configure: error: Package requirements (glib-2.0 >= 2.12.0 atk >= 1.9.0 pango >= 1.12.0 cairo >= 1.2.0) were not met:

No package 'glib=2.0' found
No package 'atk' found
No package 'pango' found
No package 'cairo' found

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
installed software in non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables BASE_DEPENDENCIES_CFLAGS
and BASE_DEPENDENCIES_LIB to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
See the pkg-config man page for more details.

What should I do next?

billymayday 09-26-2008 09:40 PM

Why don't you use apt-get to install FF3?

driftboy 09-26-2008 09:56 PM

Thanks for the reply,

I tried
#apt-get install FF3

E:Couldn't find package FF3

I guess there is only iceweasel for debian.

billymayday 09-26-2008 10:07 PM

Forgot that - iceweasel is firefox but without the name for some reason.

hrsetrdr 09-26-2008 11:23 PM

IMO Iceweasel performs a bit 'smoother'(hard to quantify that) than Firefox. Epiphany is a nice clean browser as well.

driftboy 09-26-2008 11:59 PM

Yes I like the epiphany-browser as well.

I got firefox3 going.

This is what I had to you for my system. The above.
I forgot to mkdir /opt/gtk210. Dulf!

#apt-get install synaptic

lookup and installed libglib=2.0-dev libatk1.0-dev libpango1.0-dev libciaro2-dev and all recommended

this site help alot

and last was the sh file. It seems to work now.

craigevil 09-27-2008 12:23 AM

For firefox2 but most of it applies:

Although Iceweasel is just the same without the Firefox name or logo.


Due to Mozilla logos licensing, Mozilla software isn't DFSG-free, so Debian distributes Mozilla software with different logos. One day Mozilla Corporation decided to revoke the agreement to let Debian use Mozilla trademarks, so Debian changed to non-trademarked product names. See for more information.
You may also want to take a look at Swiftfox or Flock.

AlucardZero 09-27-2008 09:08 AM

apt-get install iceweasel

farslayer 09-27-2008 06:52 PM

Firefox 3 (iceweasel 3 ) is not in the Debian Stable repositories.


Package iceweasel

    * etch (stable) (web): [security]:
    * lenny (testing) (web):      3.0.1-1+b1:

    * sid (unstable) (web):      3.0.1-1+b1:

his best option is to install it from the installation script from

Jongi 09-30-2008 05:18 PM

wouldn't enabling testing as a repo and then running aptitude install iceweasel work a lot easier when it comes to possible dependencies?

craigevil 09-30-2008 11:58 PM


Originally Posted by Jongi (Post 3296399)
wouldn't enabling testing as a repo and then running aptitude install iceweasel work a lot easier when it comes to possible dependencies?

With the freeze in Lenny even sid isn't getting many packages moving into it. The OP wants firefox and not iceweasel because firefox has had 2 security updates recently and at this point iceweasel is lagging behind.


Installed: 3.0.1-1
Candidate: 3.0.1-1
Howot Install Firefox 3 in Debian:

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