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Old 08-09-2004, 11:25 AM   #16
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Hi Guy;

Seem like the problem is the firefox-installer CAN NOT find "xpistub" in your search path. I have the same problem when i 1st install firefox on my SuSE 9.1, it tell me that can't locate "libgtk.xx.xx" after I install "libgtk.xx.xx" firefox installation is clear.

bash > whereis xpistub

if bash return you

xpistub: this mean you don't have "xpistub" in your system. SO you have to find and install it.

good luck - Sue
Old 08-13-2004, 07:47 PM   #17
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But where is xpistub

Hold my hand just a little longer here.

I have RH 8.0 and I get the xpistub error too. It's not on my machine anywhere, and
it's not in the xpi directory that's part of the tarball.

Is it part of a package or library that I need? Where do I get it and where do I put it once I have it?


Old 08-25-2004, 08:45 PM   #18
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Hi there,

I had the same problem and I am now proud to be writing this post on my newly installed Firefox 0.9.3

Here's what I did:

- At the firefox website ( clicked on the link that says: Other Systems and Languages, which takes you to

- You are given two options for Linux:
Linux: GTK2 + XFT installer or GTK2 + XFT (no installer)

- I downloaded the second one: GTK2 + XFT (no installer)

- Untarred it as usual (tar xzvf firefox....)

- The directory that it creates (firefox) has the firefox executable, the actual program, not an installer.
> cd firefox
> ./firefox

This should do it. However I ran into another problem at that point. I got an error (that I don't remember exactly) but saying something that it could not find version GLIBC... required by I read in some other forum, that you could just replace with an older version, so I took the file that I had from an older installation of firefox 0.8 and put it in the new firefox directory, where the other was.

This worked for me. Hope it helps.


Last edited by darist; 08-26-2004 at 05:56 PM.
Old 09-01-2004, 03:46 AM   #19
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I'm new to Linux. Just installed Libranet 2.8.1. Spent half my day taking off stuff I didn't need. Took a while cause I don't know anything about Linux but luckily Libranet has Synaptic which helped heaps.

Anyway. Had the same problem with xpistub and updated "libxft2" to version "2.1.2-6". Everything installs now. Give that a try.

I installed Firefox to "/usr/local/bin/mozilla/firefox/". Is this an appropriate directory?
Old 09-01-2004, 01:51 PM   #20
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xpistub error comes from wrong install file

Originally posted by Longinus
when i run firefox-installer-bin i get the error

but when i run firefox-installer it works

This is exactly what happened to me too. I am running slackware 10 using KDE. I downloaded the file, uncompressed it and saw the file firefox-installer-bin. I tried clicking it and nothing happened. I went to shell, ran that file and the graphic installer came up, I followed the prompts and got the xpistub error, no matter where I chose to install to. After a couple times, I just clicked on firefox-installer to see what would happen. The installer ran and I had no problems.
Old 10-27-2004, 10:23 PM   #21
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Apparently, it copies some libraries to /tmp/xpi.XXXXXX/, but the executable flag is not set.
Old 10-27-2004, 11:41 PM   #22
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who cares now? upgrade to 1.0


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