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Old 08-09-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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How to start a new downloaded program

I just downloaded Firefox and now I can't get it to start. Usually I just click on a file to make sure that that file opens up the program. And if it does I make a link to it which creates an icon and a shortcut to it. But I can't find the file that starts the program.

I downloaded it to my desktop. The icon said it was a tar.gz file. So I clicked on the icon and then extracted it to a directory I had made for it. But I can't find the starter file. There is a file in the first directory named "Firefox". It is a shell script and should logically be the starter file. But it does nothing when I click on it.

Does anybody know what I need to do?

I have FC-5 and use KDE.



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Old 08-09-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Do it like that :
yum install firefox

For your informations, the tar.gz file you downloaded is the source of firefox, which you can use to build firefox yourself. This is a way to install firefox that involves some work from you. The fedora team has made this work and provide you with a package ready to be installed by the yum package manager.

If you really want to use this tar.gz, you have to uncompress if with gzip and untar it with tar and then compile it with ./configure && make and then install it with make install.

Here's the how to :

Have fun

Last edited by Agrouf; 08-09-2006 at 04:25 PM.
Old 08-09-2006, 04:22 PM   #3
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You need to extract the contents of the tar file;

But you have an rpm based version of Linux (FC5) and an rpm package is available for installation, for example;

If you have yum installed and configured then just do something like;

yum -y update firefox

In case you need help with yum;
Old 08-11-2006, 01:27 PM   #4
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Well, not necesarily it is a source file.

Open a terminal, cd into firefox directory and issue ./firefox
Probably it will tell you something about missing libraries or whatever.

Acquiring it via yum as them say, should make you have one compiled with the libraries you need.


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