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Old 11-18-2006, 07:54 PM   #1
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firefox 2 and kanotix ???


Ok I'm probably being really thick here.

I've downloaded the source/tar.gz file fine. I've used ark to extract/install it.

So how in hells name can I make it so that I can have a firefox icon/link on my desktop and not have to go into the firefox directory in my /home and have to click the script icon (and yes I did just try making an icon on screen from the script /home but it didn't want too start the app and I couldn't change the damn icon from a shell script one to a firefox one)?

Sorry if this seems a pathetic question, but for the life of me I can't think how this is done

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Old 11-18-2006, 09:12 PM   #2
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Right click on the desktop. Create new..., Link to application. In the dialogue that comes up, replace "Link to application" with a name for the link (FireFox). In the Permissions tab, set the permissions. In the Application tab, in the Command box, enter the path to the firefox executatle (do "which firefox" in a console to get the path). Click on the generic icon to select an icon for the link.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 12:10 AM   #3
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First open Firefox 1.5.0.7 and create a new profile, call it whatever. firefox -profilemanager

Then following bigrigdriver's advice, but you also need to have Firefox 2.0 start the new profile,

use the profile switch like: /home/craig/firefox2.0/firefox -profile /home/craig/.mozilla/firefox/4d4dsi6i.Testing

pointing from the firefox executable to the new profile, so the first part should point to wherever you extracted the tarball

Otherwise if you start 1.5.0.7 you will have problems with extensions/themes.
 
Old 11-19-2006, 04:08 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I'll check that out later (few things to do this morning).

Yesterday (? well that might actually mean at stupid oclock this morning <yawn>), I ended up just saving my bookmarks file and then deleteing what I could find of Firefox 2, and then re-installing the 1.5.0.7 (or whichever) available from the kanotix repo's - unfortunately it also means that some of my themes/extensions have gone to a "SOS"* because it seems that lots of them have been updated for firefox 2 and are no longer compatible with the 1.5.x version(s).

I did also check out synaptic to see if there was a version of "iceweasel" 2, I don't really care whether it's the GNU "debadged" version or Mozillas named (and shamed ???) version. I just really need the functionality. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I'm missing a repo or something from my sources.list or what, but iceweasel isn't showing up (although the alternative version of Thunderbird is i.e. "icedove" or whatever it's called).

As I say, I'll check all this later and report back. Again, thanks for the replies.

regards

John

*=Sack of Sh1t

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Old 11-19-2006, 04:23 AM   #5
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Neither Iceweasel or Firefox 2.0 have made it in to Debian repos at this point.

There is a version of 2.0 in the experimental repo, not sure how stable it is though.

You should be able to reset your extensions, thats why it is important to use different profiles for different versions of Firefox.

I currently have the Debian version of Firefox 1.5.0.7, Iceweasel and Mozilla Firefox 2.0 installed. Firefox 2.0 seems to be a little faster so I am mostly using it.

My Firefox Information
http://www.geocities.com/reverendsky/infolister.html
 
Old 11-19-2006, 08:10 AM   #6
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Funny really, I can't remember why I managed to mess up so much last night.

I just re-read the install instructions at the "mozillazine" site and followed their instructions "verbatim". The only snag being that I had to do a complete system reboot as when I clicked on the icon I'd made, it kept telling me that firefox was still running and that I'd have to stop that first or restart the system - logging out didn't do the trick, but rebooting seems to have worked though.

What was left of my extensions has "failed" so I'll have to re-install them, but what I can't work out, is that the instructions said about "if you want to make a clean install, then you should delete <various files>", which I did and it still seems to have "picked up" my bookmarks (even though I copied them to a seperate location so I could just re-add them later).

Ah well, it's working now, which is the main thing.

Thank you both craigevil and bigrigdriver, for your excellent assistance. It's very much appreciated.

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John
 
Old 11-19-2006, 08:24 AM   #7
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Righty ho! seems to be OK. The only real annoyance is that the damn app now only wants to start in "half screen" mode, and I currently can't find out how I change it so that it starts "full screen".

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Old 11-21-2006, 08:14 AM   #8
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What happens if you click on View - Full Screen. Does FF save that setting?
 
Old 11-21-2006, 01:52 PM   #9
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Just update to Iceweasel 2.0, it is the rename of Firefox 2.0 in Debian. All of your extensions/themes for 2.0 will work.

My Firefox Information
http://www.geocities.com/reverendsky/infolister.html
 
Old 11-21-2006, 04:31 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigrigdriver
What happens if you click on View - Full Screen. Does FF save that setting?
Seems to have done the trick (on one quick test anyway). I wonder what the difference is between doing it that way and just maximising and closing? 'Spose it's one of those strange "coding" things when they were writing the latest firefox version or something like that.

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Old 11-21-2006, 04:33 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by craigevil
Just update to Iceweasel 2.0, it is the rename of Firefox 2.0 in Debian. All of your extensions/themes for 2.0 will work.

My Firefox Information
http://www.geocities.com/reverendsky/infolister.html
Only problem is, that I haven't got a repo/mirror for the iceweasel 2 (or earlier versions for that matter).

I "think" that I've only got the standard kanotix repo's configured (plus those for "h2"'s script).

regards

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Old 11-21-2006, 05:17 PM   #12
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Iceweasel is in the standard Debian unstable repos. Just do a apt-get dist-upgrade or use h2's du script.

My Kanotix sources.list

# Unstable Sid
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
# Unstable Sources
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

# Kanotix Updates http://www.kanotix.com
# http://kanotix.com/files/fix/sources.list
deb http://kanotix.com/files/debian sid main contrib non-free
deb-src http://kanotix.com/files/debian sid main contrib non-free

# Marillat
# Unstable
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main
deb-src http://www.debian-multimedia.org sid main

My sexy Iceweasel: http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/8...pshot21gb5.jpg

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Old 11-23-2006, 01:20 PM   #13
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Cheers craigevil. Got it.

Been reading some posts at the kanotix forums about this as well, so I'm presuming that "I've got it right".

I'll post again if I get any more snags (either here or at the kanotix forums).

Again, TVM

regards

John
 
  


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