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Old 03-16-2005, 07:48 AM   #1
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firefox default browser

I installed firefox. I know that it runs with out a problem because after installation it worked. But I cannot find how to run firefox instead of mozilla...I installed it in /usr/local/firefox...I want to remove mozilla and juzt use fire fox.. I am using mandrake 10.0...Does anyone know the command for firefox?
Old 03-16-2005, 07:52 AM   #2
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if you installed the binary version from, there is a script to run it in the firefox directory.

type /usr/local/firefox/firefox to run it. if you want it in your PATH, as root do:

ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox
Old 03-16-2005, 08:10 AM   #3
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Re: firefox default browser

Originally posted by charnel
[B.Does anyone know the command for firefox? [/B]
Some packages (I think Mandrake is one of them) install it as mozilla-firefox not firefox.
One way to track it down if this doesn't work is (from the command prompt):

$ su
<enter root password>
# updatedb
# exit
$ locate firefox | grep bin

This will show you any files with firefox in the name and bin in the path so it will probably find the appropriate command. You should find something that way - if not do:

$ locate firefox | less

and look through to see if you can spot where it is.

(You could use find instead of updatedb and locate but if you are doing multiple searches this will be quicker in the long run).


Old 03-16-2005, 06:57 PM   #4
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thank you for your patience and help. I am a newbie and the problem was just forgetting to put the ./ characters in front of the command... is it a problem for me to remove mozilla from my system... And how can I reach the firefox in a more easy way...for example desktop..
Old 03-16-2005, 07:12 PM   #5
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To start it from your desktop, all you really need is a symlink (a bit like a Windows shortcut). Start Konqueror in file browsing mode (e.g. click the Home icon, assuming you are using KDE), navigate to where you've installed Firefox, then drag the executable onto the desktop. You will be offered a choice of move, copy or link here - choose link. That's it. You can rename the link if you like.

To be a little more sophisticated, you can add it to the applications menu. Just right click on the menu button (the start) and select the menu ediotor, then choose the category (probably Internet) and create a new entry, with whatever name and description you like, and (ideally) the full path to firefox as the command to start it. Don't forget to hit the save button at the end.

You could take things further (like making it the default browser within various applications) but this is probably enough for now.


Andy B


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