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Old 01-30-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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firefox installer

I have tried to install the new firefox and i noticed in the directions it tells you to navigate to the firefox-installer directory. Mine doesn't have that nor an executable probgram that i can run. I have tried expanding it a bunch of different times. What am i missing here?
Old 01-30-2007, 02:04 PM   #2
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Look for a howto for your distribution. If firefox2 isn't already packaged for your distribution it can get a bit tricky. I installed it with the installer, but I have no idea what you're saying. firefix-installer directory?

And specify your distribution... I know how it works in ubuntu, but that might not be the best way for every distribution, so always say what you're running on.
Old 01-30-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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firefox couldn't be easier to install. Simply download the file and put it wherever you want it on the system. All the files are in their proper spots so that all you need to do is run the firefox command and it should open. If the folder isnt in your $PATH variable then you need to do the full location /home/me/Desktop/firefox/firefox is where I saved it on my computer. Either way, there isn't anything difficult about installing firefox. If it comes packaged with your system the setup is even easier.
Old 01-30-2007, 07:36 PM   #4
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Well, it's a little bit more difficult if you want to keep your settings, passwords, bookmarks...
Old 01-30-2007, 09:57 PM   #5
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These are the instructions I found somewhere at Mozzila's site, what I did in my Mandrake 10.2 was, removed original installed Firefox, (not necessary), how to transfer bookmarks and the likes, don't ask me because that was not a great deal for me. Plugins do not seem to take long to download, and I believe you need Java.



First, download the latest release to your home directory with your browser or download manager.

bash$ cd ~
bash$ wget<version>.tar.gz

Next, extract the contents with an archiving utility such as Ark or tar.

bash$ tar zxf firefox-<version>.tar.gz

Now you must select the installation directory. If you are the only user, the extracted files could stay where they are, but If this is a multi-user system, the firefox directory must be moved to a publicly accessible location such as /usr/local or /opt.

bash$ su
bash# mv firefox /usr/local
bash# chown -R root:root /usr/local/firefox

The installation is more or less complete, but it's recommended that the firefox script be available somewhere in your path to avoid the inconvenience of having to enter the full path. This can be accomplished by creating a symbolic link in the relative 'bin' directory.

For the personal installation:

bash$ mkdir bin
bash$ cd bin
bash$ ln -s ../firefox/firefox .

Or the mult-user installation (as root):

bash# cd /usr/local/bin
bash# ln -s ../firefox/firefox .

Many Linux distributions already include /usr/local/bin and ~/bin in their global environment variable path, which can easily be verified by running 'firefox' from the shell or the desktop environment's (run) menu. If execution fails (command not found), you can adjust the path by appending "/usr/local/bin:$HOME/bin" to the existing PATH variable in /etc/profile and/or /etc/bashrc.

You may need to change permissions:
bash#chmod -R a+x /usr/local/firefox

To create a new desktop icon, for KDE right click on the desktop and select create new/link to application. click on the square near top and scroll down to firefox icon and select it, to the right of the icon selector type "Firefox". Go to Application tab and type firefox2 for Description. In command field, if you installed it in /usr/local, type:


Click OK

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 01-30-2007 at 09:59 PM.
Old 01-31-2007, 08:58 AM   #6
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i pasted the instructions from the fireox site w the link

seems like everyone has a different way of doing the install.

Extract the tarball and run the installer like so:

tar -xzvf firefox-1.0.7.installer.tar.gz
cd firefox-installer

If you have Nautilus set up to run Executable Text Files you can just double click firefox-installer to run.


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