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Old 07-12-2004, 07:58 PM   #1
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Firefox Installing HELP!!!

Please be patient, I am totally new to linux. I am currently using Red Hat 9 and have downloaded Firefox. I downloaded the file to "/home/user", not sure if this
is the best place? I don't know what to do next? I am assuming that I am supposed to extract it before it is installed but I do not know the steps to do this in linux.

Can someone please give me DETAILED SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS on what I am supposed to do? Please be as detailed as possible. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 07-12-2004, 08:07 PM   #2
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if you downloaded a tar.gz file type the following
tar -zxvf firefox_installer_filename

if you downloaded a tar.bz2 file type the following
tar -jxvf firefox_installer_filename

then go to the directory you just extracted
cd firefox-installer

then run the installer

in the installer screen select destination directory (For eg. /opt/firefox)

then create a link to firefox in the /usr/bin directory by doing the following

ln -s /opt/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox

Now you should be able to start firefox by typing firefox in xterm or in the run dialog

~hope it helps~
Old 07-12-2004, 09:33 PM   #3
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NB: You must be root to install in /opt/firefox or /usr/local/firefox.

You can install it to your home directory without super user privleges

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I need some help also with firefox installation. I did this in Kconsole, (jmr0311@home-desktop jmr0311)

tar -xjvf /home/jmr0311/firefox-0.9.2-source.tar.bz2

Then I saw some activity in the command screen, I think uncompresing the file. Now i'm stock cause I don't know what else to do. I have a previous firefox version that I don't know if I should remove it first. How do you remove firefox if I have to?
I read that this instructions are suppose to follow;

./configure ( Is this what I'm suppose to type in jmr0311@home-desktop jmr0311$) configure what, Am I suppose to put firefox
next to configure)
make ( The same as above for this instruction)
su ( I switch user to root root@home-desktop jmr0311#)
make install ( Make install of what, do I put firefox next to this command or what )

I need some help with this instructions because all I get is errors in the kconsole screen. Please be specific and use real samples not acronymuss. Try to write the instruction like if it was you trying to install this application.

Old 07-12-2004, 10:17 PM   #5
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did you download the source for firefox?
if so then u have to do
tar -jxvf firefox_installer.tar.bz2

Th above will extract the sources to a new directory. change directory to that directory doing the following

cd firefox_installer_directory

and then do


and then
make install

If you did not download the source then follow th einstructions I posted earlier in this thread


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