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Old 09-29-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Installing Firefox 3.5 question

I downloaded Firefox 3.5 to the desktop of my Centos 5.3 system and I'd like to install it so every user who logs onto the system will have access to it.

It is a 'bz2' tar file.

Can I use YUM to do the install?

If not what would be the procedure to us to do the install?

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You can't use YUM to install a bz2 file. You are better off finding a rpm file.
Old 09-30-2009, 01:32 AM   #3
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There is no rpm for firefox provided. Either use yum to install from the repositories NOT the one you have.
Or extract the bz2 and the folder after extraction will have a binary called firefox that you can run. Change the permissions on the file so that everyone can execute and copy it to a location that is in your PATH.
You can copy it to /usr/bin
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I resolved the issue by doing the following, I don't know if it was correct or that I did some damage to the system, although I don't think I did:

I actually logged in to the root user id.

I issued the 'yum update firefox' command, yum started doing it's thing and completed without any noticeable errors.

I brought up firefox and it started to bring in firefox updates. I believe I was at the 3.0.6 level and when I finished (the first round) it was now at the 3.0.14 version.

Whenever I tried to update firefox before the update tab was always grayed out but this time it wasn't so I did several more updates and finally got to the 3.5.3 level. Now this was only on the user root id.

When I tried a non-root user id, firefox was still at the old level ... 3.0.6.

I tried to su to root on a normal user id and run the yum command, as above again. This did not update firefox at all.

I went back to user root and found where the root yum command update placed the latest firefox version:


I then did a ./firefox

I did it twice and firefox was updated to the 3.5.3 version.

I also changed the properties of the firefox icon to point the the location of firefox 3.5.3

Doing it this way, now I have to go back and change each user on the system to get the latest version of firefox. Boy this stinks.

Right or wrong (more likely wrong) it works.

But there has got to be a better way for a newbie to do this.
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i use firefox 2 because i dont like firefox 3
Old 10-03-2009, 08:27 PM   #6
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On CentOS-5.3 I have installed firefox-3.5.3 from the tar.bz2 file
using something like:

- Extract the firefox binary to /usr/local (to avoid pollute regular applications
# cd /usr/local
# tar -jxvf firefox-3.5.3.tar.bz2
- That creates a /usr/local/firefox directory, inside that is the firefox binary.
- In order to all user's to execute the new firefox, create a symbolic link
in /usr/local/bin

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

In the default settings, /usr/local/bin comes first in the path so the
user's will find first the new 3.5.3 binary even if you have the
original firefox from rpm (3.0.14)

To upgrade, just extract the new tar.bz2 file in the same way.

Note : IRC, you have to install and additional compatibility library for
this to work or you will have some error message starting firefox.

Best regards,


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