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cleff 06-16-2004 06:53 AM

installing firefox in debian
i just can't figure out how to install it. thanks. I'm on Debian 3.0r2 woody stable.

GexNZ 06-16-2004 07:09 AM

Hey, I'm using mandrake. But the way i installed it it shouldn't matter.

I downloaded this file.

I untared it. Worked straight away.
If you want it to work for all users of the system copy it over to /usr/local/firefox.

I notice 0.9 is out now. Should be similar.

Hope this helps,

cleff 06-16-2004 07:12 AM

yeah, I tried that, but I can't solve the dependencies.

cleff 06-16-2004 07:19 AM

ok yeah, so I untar it, and try to run it and it tell me :
error whiel loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: no such file or directory

the thing is, apt tells me that that particular library is installed...

GexNZ 06-16-2004 07:35 AM

Try installing 0.9.
I just tried it then.

Downloaded it, guzipped it, untarred it, ran firefox-installer as root.
Installed to /usr/local/firefox
When I told it to try importing settings from 0.8 it seemed to hang, so I skipped that the second time.
But i'm using 0.9 right now, try it out, see how that goes.

cleff 06-16-2004 07:39 AM

actually I was trying 9.0

comp12345 06-16-2004 12:28 PM

You have several options to install firefox. There is currently a problem with mozilla using backports so you can either use apt-pinning or switch to testing/unstable from stable.

Switch from stable to testing or unstable[list=1][*]Run apt-setup and edit your sources list to point to testing or unstable instead of stable[*]Save and exit[*]At the command prompt, enter "apt-get install mozilla-firefox"[/list=1]

Another option is to use apt-pinning.
You can find a tutorial about it here

darthtux 06-16-2004 09:32 PM

It installed fine on my Woody.

I don't know if it came from Debian or backports.


apt-get install mozilla-firefox

if it doesn't find it add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb stable all

comp12345 06-16-2004 09:37 PM

There is a problem with the gtk2 libraries that causes the mozilla-firefox install to fail.

You could either wait for the problem to get resolved or install from testing or unstable.

utanja 06-16-2004 10:21 PM

i have been using firefox on debian for quite some time and never had a problem installing from the tar file....

darthtux 06-16-2004 10:31 PM

From your signiture your using Sid, not Woody.

utanja 06-17-2004 04:42 AM


Originally posted by darthtux
From your signiture your using Sid, not Woody.
actually you are correct....but i have only been using SID for the last few basic system is testing (Sarge).

darthtux 06-17-2004 12:26 PM

And Sarge is different from Woody. That tar file of Firefox doesn't work on Woody. It has to be backported.

vrln 06-18-2004 02:16 AM

in case anyone hasnīt downloaded it already, firefox 0.9 was released a few days ago :)

ac1980 06-18-2004 07:29 AM

If you're going to use state-of-the-art software, like freshly shipped firefox, then I strongly recommend upgrading to sarge. If your problem is stability, a more or less coherent sarge snapshot is usually better than a sable with lots of upgraded libraries. Only reason to keep back is if you run an usupervised server in insecure environment, batch applying security patches.

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