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Old 03-26-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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running firefox

I loaded firefox but can't figure out how to get it to run. Can't find the executable file? Where would it be located?

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often it is /opt/firefox/firefox or such, but should be symlinked to /usr/bin/firefox, so you shouldn't need to know the exact location. if you just run "firefox" do you get a no such file error?
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I can only get it to run once and that is if I run through the whole install procedure. After that I can't find it to run it again. I tried using the run command window, but I just get "Could not run the specified command!". I don't understand where to find the icon or execuable file to run it. I looked in the folder you said and there was nothing in then for firefox.
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you have to be careful with firefox... i'm assuming you're using mandrake or another OS that it doesn't come default....

if so, you have to go to the folder that you downloaded it to... when I installed it in Mandrake 10, (me being used to windows) I installed it IN the download directory...

What i'd do is check the directory you downloaded it to, to see if you have a folder that says "firefox" and open it up, and the executable will be in there... or else go to the directory that you installed it into... and look for the same...

the executable will most likely be called firefox.bin

Anyways... after you've done that, if you want a shortcut on your taskbar for that, then just do right-mouse on your task bar, and then click I think it's the "special application" or something like that, and it is just like clicking "create shortcut" for winXP... it will make a shortcut, then it's up to you to set up the association of that shortcut with the desired file...

All you have to do then, is point the shortcut to say in the box [[[[ / %FFoxInstallDir% / firefox ]]]] where " / %FFoxInstallDir% / " is the directory that you found firefox installed to - and make sure to not type it with the spaces that i've put there - I put them there for ease of reading! (note that it's not "firefox.bin", but just "firefox" - the .bin is assumed, {I believe})

then you'll have a working firefox shortcut on your taskbar, and you can try to locate the logo for it likely in the firefox install directory somewhere, too... and voila!

*I had the same problem with firefox on my Mandrake, when i had Mandrake*
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Did you use the installer or an rpm? It probably was installed somewhere under /usr. Possibly under /usr/local if you installed it from the installer.

Try the command 'find /usr -type d -iname "firefox*'

When I installed it from the installer program, It defaulted to '/usr/local/firefox-installer'. I changed the name to '/usr/local/firefox' before continuing.

It could also be located at '/opt/MozillaFirefox/bin/' with a link in /usr/bin.
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i had the same problem

i had the same (or a similar) problem. this is what i did to solve it:

by the way, the problem w/ mine was permissions...

folow linuxluser's directions on this link:

then i had to go to my home folder and...
find / -iname firefox

this resulted in:

note that if you want to run firefox from the command prompt, you need to have an entry in /usr/bin/ . /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox/ is the directory i installed to. /home/username/.mozilla/ is a hidden directory that firefox uses... it has profile information and whatnot.

i then had to use this command from my home directory:
chown <username goes here> .mozilla
(or from anywhere, you can type chown /home/<username>/.mozilla )
i also had to do the same for any directories inside this directory

um, i hope this helps... i'm new to linux too, so... pls correct any of my mistakes.


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