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Old 11-27-2003, 01:13 PM   #1
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Question Eazyer way to execute a program..???

I'm using mandrake 9.2 and I started using linux recently. I downloaded Mozilla Firebird 0.7 and having hard time running the program...
I didnt know how to execute the program. But I learned to go to command terminal and then CD to Mozilla Firebird folder and then run the command Mozilla Firebird.
But is there any easier way to do this?? without going into command mode and type the code.. Is there a way to add this to my programs menu and then open the program by selecting from the menu just like all the other programs that was installed by Mandrake setup when i was first installing Mandrake 9.2???
Old 11-27-2003, 01:42 PM   #2
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try ALT+F2

that wud open a run program dialog box

type mozilla firebird. firebird, or some other combination,
maybe it will run
Old 11-27-2003, 01:56 PM   #3
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you didn't mention what desktop you're using, but most of them have ways to add programs to the menus, whether through a utility (KDE, Gnome, windowmaker i think) or through editing the menu files (fluxbox, blackbox, XFCE4, etc.) you can also add launchers to the desktop as icons, again depending on the desktop.
Old 11-27-2003, 08:03 PM   #4
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Ok... I tried.. but I still couldnt get it...
I'm using KDE and I have MozillaFirebird in home/MozillaFirebird directory...
Old 11-27-2003, 08:15 PM   #5
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2 possible things you could do:

append this in /home/<yourname>/.bash_profile to the export PATH=/.....
then do
source ~/.bash_profile
now MozillaFirebird is in your PATH and you can just type "MozillaFirebird" to start it.

Or you can add a menu entry in the KDE menu,
right click on the K symbol on the taskbar and choose "Menu editor"
Then just make a new item where you want it.
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There's an RPM for it on one of the popular repositories, I think. Perhaps, PLF or Textar....It links properly and shows up in your menu under Network>WWW> .

Another way would be to add a symlink in your /usr/bin directory to its location and then you could run it with the "Run" command.

Ex: #cd /usr/bin
#ln -s /your/firebirddirectory/MozillaFirebird .

(you could change the name to something shorter instead of the "." , like firebird. Cheers

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