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Old 11-08-2003, 10:55 PM   #1
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Installation of MozillaFirebird


Recently I am having trouble with my hotmail account using Mozilla 1.2.1, and a reply in the forum told me that I should try downloading Mozilla Firebird (which I did), after download I tried to open the downloaded file using the root account to open it, my question is this:

1. Is there an X-Windos program to unpack the downloaded file?

2. After I've open the compressed file(using the root account) and tried to copy the contents on a folder which I created (named temp inside the /home), it is reporting that there is no more disk space. So I checked the file size and it's only about 29MB, what's confusing me is that how come it is out of diskspace when 200 MB was alloted for the /home directory during the installation?

3. How do I install it in both X-Windows and the console mode or should I say text mode? Because I've read on the Mozilla site that for Linux Users Mozilla Firebird can be installed using the MozillaFirebird script, I have no idea how to run the said script both in X-windows and in text mode...

I'm very desperate right now, please help me, Linux Gods


Old 11-09-2003, 01:46 AM   #2
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200mb's is not nearly enough for your home partition. That's where ALL of you personal configuration stuff goes, as well as documents, downloads, etc. It's also the only directory that you have FULL access over as normal user. That 200mb's was likely taken up by all your apps storing their info. Do 'ls -a' to see all of the files listed in your home dir, including the invisible files.

You shouldn't untar/unzip etc things as root. All of that, should be done as normal user up till the actual make install part. This will avoid permission problems later. You might have to 'chown -R yourusername MozillaFirebird' to change ownership back to you at this point.

However, Firebird doesn't actually need a true install. After you unpack the file, you can enter the directory and type MozillaFirebird to run it. You can also create a shortcut or whatever just include the entire path. ex. /home/user/MozillaFirebird/MozillaFirebird

You could also look into where you need to install it in your /usr directory so that you can access it as user. I don't have much experiance in this area. Apps that I have had to just unpack and execute a bin, I just keep in my /home partition. I create an alias in my /home/scruff/.bashrc file to make launching it easier. Keeping it in my home partition just makes it easier if I do a system reinstall. My apps are still there. An entry from .bashrc might look like:

alias firebird='~/MozillaFirebird/MozillaFirebird'

Now I just type: firebird from a terminal and I'm all set.

Last edited by Scruff; 11-09-2003 at 01:53 AM.
Old 11-09-2003, 02:09 AM   #3
Jose Muņiz
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Recently I am having trouble with my hotmail account using Mozilla 1.2.1
I'm not sure if you will solve anything just by changing your browser Would you mind sharing your problem? Maybe it can actually be solved without having to install another browser.

I like Mozilla Firebird more, though.. it is faster. But maybe you like Mozilla better?
Old 11-09-2003, 05:52 AM   #4
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I'm not sure how much I can help, but I have recently (repeatedly) downloaded and installed Firebird to my Linux installs. I'll let you know what worked for me.

First, my /home partition is about 5GB. I thought this was necessary in order to make sure I had plenty of room to store downloads, data files and whatever else I decide to put there.

Second, I created a /home/common directory and set the permissions as drwxrwxrwx to make sure that this was truly a "common" directory for everyone who uses this system. Then, I downloaded the zipped file into a /firebird subdirectory of this common directory. I used "file roller", I believe, to unarchive the files to /usr/local/firebird. My /usr partition is around 5GB, also, so I can install a lot of fun Linux programs. Then I went to my taskbar, right-clicked, clicked on "Add to panel" and selected "Launcher". Then I clicked the "Browse" button, navigated to /usr/local/firebird and clicked on "MozillaFirebird". I changed the icon to the one in the firebird/icons subdirectory and began browsing at my pleasure.

It's really about that simple. But it took me a couple of times to get that figured out. This is truly a very uncomplicated OS if you just keep it simple and do a little reading and planning before install (which I did after about half-a-dozen installs).


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