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Old 03-09-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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Trouble installing a program from a tar file

This is my first post.....

computer specs:

Dell Latitude CPx
Fedora Core 4
495 MHz CPU
128 MB RAM

I'm a noob with a question.

I've downloaded the tar file for the new version of firefox ( and I logged in as root, extracted the files into a folder in the root directory, went into that directory, and ran the folliwing command:

yum install firefox

(there's a file named firefox in the directory for installing (yes, I read the readme file, it doesn't help))

yum DOES do its thing, and it did upgrade me from version 1.0.4 to 1.0.7, but I want version!!

Do I need to use some other arguement, or is yum even the right thing to use here? If not, what is?

Thanks for taking time to help a noob.
Old 03-09-2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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Hi, as far as i can understand your situation you haven't downloaded the firefox source and instead you have downloaded the firefox binary which you can directly use after extracting the .tar file.

Just browse into the extracted folder and then run by double clicking "firefox" file or from terminal go the extracted folder and type "./firefox" and the browser should open up.

Hope this helps...
Old 03-09-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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I downloaded the firefox .tar.gz file, which was the only thing I saw avalible for download.

Ok, I just ran that command, and it started to do something, but then it comes up with this:

[root@localhost firefox]# ./firefox
./firefox-bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Am I missing some component that I need to get, or did I do something wrong?

Thanks for the help.
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Yep--its the old Firefox libstdc thing!! You quite likely have a NEWER version than what Firefox wants.
simply type "" into Google, and you'll find where to get the package. The right choice for your system should be obvious--I hope...
Old 03-11-2006, 09:32 PM   #5
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I installed an old version of libstdc and firefox works great now, thank you guys!!!

Now that the library problem is settled, I have one more question, firefox 1.5 is installed in a folder on my hard drive, but I don't want to change the command section of the "Web Browser" button for every single user to use the new version of firefox from the desktop. Is there a way to edit the affects of the "htmlview %u" command that it uses by default? If not, is there a feasible way to do this another way?

Thanks once again for the help!


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