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learnfast 04-07-2005 05:28 AM

firefox installed on suse92, now how to find, make icon, execute, deinstall?
I'm new to installing software on Linux.

1. I just successfully installed Firefox on suse92 like this:
- I downloaded firefox-1.0.2.installer.tar.gz, unzipped it.
- I then executed it with "./firefox-installer"

2. How how do I START firefox? I can't find it anywhere from the menus on the desktop.

3. Where are the files stored on the hard drive so that I can start it from the prompt?

4. How can I make a toolbar icon for it (KDE)?

5. How can I "deinstall" it if I wanted to?


abisko00 04-07-2005 05:51 AM

It would have been easier to install Firefox from a SUSE rpm:

But since you didn't:

try to type 'firefox' on command-line and see what happens.

If nothing happened, wheren't you asked where to install firefox? Have a look in /usr/bin/firefox or /opt/MozillaFirefox for the binary.

To create the icon, right-click the KDE menu, select 'Menu Editor' and create a new item wherever you would like to see it. Give it a decent name and in the 'Command' tab, type 'firefox %u'.

learnfast 04-07-2005 06:20 AM

1. I restarted the installation and found out that it installed firefox in "temp/firefox-installer"

- In temp/firefox-installer, I typed "firefox" and it said:
Bash: firefox: command not found

- I then typed "./firefox" and it started firefox perfectly, so that is great.

2. So what is the difference between typing "firefox" and "./firefox" in general. Do we ALWAYS have to type the "./"?

3. In Linux, if I delete all the files in /temp/firefox-installer, is Firefox then "deinstalled"? Or how do I know if it didn't leave other files in other various directories. Is there anything comparable to the registry in Linux where it could have made changes?


learnfast 04-07-2005 06:41 AM

1. I downloaded the .rpm that you mentioned.

2. I then typed "rpm -i MozillaFirefox-1.0.2-0.1.i586.rpm" and it said:

error: Failed dependencies: is needed by MozillaFirefox-1.0.2-0.1

3. Where do I go from here? How do I get/install this needed dependency?

4. And isn't it odd that it needs something named "gnome" when I have KDE?


abisko00 04-07-2005 06:42 AM

It is a security issue. It makes it impossible to run programs from the current directory. Don't ask me what could happen if this feature wasn't there, but it makes sense (just forgot which). Starting the application with ./<name> means that you tell the system to look in the current directory. It is essentially the same as if you type the full path to the program when you are not in the same directory.

I guess the installer has kept everything in the same directory, so if you delete /temp/firefox-installer, the software should be gone. To remove the user-profile, delete the folder ~/.mozilla/firefox

Have a try with the above mentioned rpm. Then you'll also have the icons generated.

EDIT: Seems I was slow typing. What is your installation source? It may helps to add the SUSE FTP server to your sources, so that YaST can solve this dependency conflict. Have a look here:

e-freak 04-07-2005 02:13 PM

Firefox Suse 9.2 AMD 64

I have been using Suse 9.2 since quite a long time now on my AMD 64 machine. I have been using Firefox as my default browser too. But recently when I reinstalled my Suse 9.2 due to some probs, and installed Firefox from an rpm, everytime I start Firefox it works fine for some time, but after some time it disappears on its own! I tried removing it and installing another RPM and from a tar.gz too, but I am getting the same problem over and over.

What could be the reason? Any suggestions??

glimmy 04-07-2005 08:48 PM


2. So what is the difference between typing "firefox" and "./firefox" in general. Do we ALWAYS have to type the "./"?
if the program is in a directory specified in your .bashrc (wich usually are things like "/usr/bin" or "/bin") then you could just type firefox otherwise you need to type the ./ in front of it

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