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rootlinux 01-19-2002 11:10 AM

Question on installing software and starting software
Hello everyone. I have a question about installing software. Basically, I understand how to install a tarball and a RPM, but im still having problems figuring everything out. Still learning. :)

ANYWAYS, here is my question. I recently installed netscape navigator 6.2. FYI, im running RH 7.2. Before I installed 6.2, I uninstalled Communicator that came preinstalled.

Let me tell you what I did to install 6.2 and maybe you can tell me what I did wrong.

I d/l the navigator file. It was in bin format and had to change the permissions on the file so it was executable. Once I did that, I ran the install program. I believe I had to type ./netscape and then it ran through the setup and asked me some questions. Once that was done, the browser was installed.

Here is my question. Netscape 6.2 is installed. However, this is what i have to do to launch the browser. I have to open a terminal window and navigate to /usr/local/netscape (i believe thats the right directory).
Once im in the directory, i have to type ./netscape to launch the browser. It launches the browser just fine.

Here is the kicker, if I close the terminal window, it shuts down netscape.

Can someone explain to me if this is correct? If it is correct, how can I make a shortcut on my desktop for netscape 6.2.

Lastly, any other recommendations?

THank you all


Thymox 01-19-2002 11:16 AM

Right-click and go to 'New-->Link to application'. I know this works under Mandy 8.1, but not sure about RH. If it doesn't you could be brutal and:

Open a terminal session, move to the /usr/local/netscape dir.
Type ln -s netscape ~/Desktop/Netscape. This will create a symbolic link to the file netscape onto your desktop. With any luck when you exit the terminal session you should see a horrible icon called Netscape. Click it - it should open up netscape for you.

rootlinux 01-19-2002 11:22 AM

Great, thanks for your help. So go ahead and just try right clicking and if that doesnt work, just execute the command that you listed?

Also, can I pick a different icon?

Lastly, there 'prettier' icons I can d/l somewhere else to put on my desktop?

Thymox 01-19-2002 11:29 AM

The icons you choose are generally simply small .xdm pictures. I believe that you can use any picture file, but make it small!

As far as the icon for Netscape is concerned. If you do the first method, then yes. If you do the second, then I'm not sure - I don't think so.

If you're running KDE then right-clicking the desktop and going NEW-->Link to application, you should be presented with a box that lets you type in the application's title. Do not be fooled, this is not the application's filename. You will need to go to the 3rd tab along to do this. The icon, however, is on the first tab (where you started). Just click the current picture and it should give you a selection box.

I'm affraid I very rarely go into gnome, so I can't help there, if that's what you're using.

rootlinux 01-19-2002 11:35 AM

Ahh yes, I currently am using Gnome. I know there was a way to add a shortcut to the desktop by right clicking on desktop and clicking new launcher, but I do not see that option in 7.2.

So, I have to figure out if their is another way to do that.

Appreciate all your help


Thymox 01-19-2002 11:40 AM

Not being daft, but if you log out and go in under KDE, the link on the desktop might still be valid for when you're using Gnome. As I said, I don't generally use gnome very often. Usually just to see if there's been much change when I update to the next version of Mandy.

Here's another thought. Make a copy of an existing program-link. For example, if you already have an icon called "Mozilla browser", or whatever, then copy it as "Netscape browser". The files themselves should be plain-text or XML files, so you can edit them using a bog-standard editor.

I would advise you do this in a terminal window, though:
cd ~/Desktop
cp Mozilla.desktop Netscape.desktop
emacs Netscape.desktop

Personally I use jed, but that's just a personal preference.

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