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Old 11-23-2004, 04:00 AM   #1
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Firefox install location

I'm running Mandrake 10.1 official and I want to install Firefox (why they don't ship it with the distro beats me???) . I tried the Mandrake RPM, which is soooo back-level that it even has the old icon and that installed to /usr/share (I think?). I wanted the 1.0 release and downloaded the tar from Mozilla. This installs OK, when I use the installer "firefox-installer" but it installs Firefox in my "downloads" directory in my home area and it doesn't get registered in the menu or get put in the proper directory with all the correct symlinks and whatever other stuff needs to be put in place for a proper install.

a) Is there an RPM for Firefox 1.0 or later
b) Which directory should Firefox be installed in (as a 'proper' install)?
c) What is the structure for an install (ie what symlinks, aliases, config files, etc get configured in an install

ps Mandrake has an ongoing (really annoying) bug where changing file associations to make Firefox or other programs associate with filetypes works for a bit and then forgets the association. So please don't tell me that manual workaround, 'cos on Mandrake, it doesn't work.


Old 11-23-2004, 05:40 AM   #2
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I installed the directory to /usr/local/share/ with the name firefox.
You should be able to simply move the directory.

A also created a symbolic link 'firefox' in /usr/bin/.
I don't remember if I did anything about the libraries.

There is an Icon in /opt/kde3/share/applications/gnome/ for the Firefox browser.
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You could also install the latest through urpmi (or rpmdrake) by adding an essential source to your update list - plf

Go to Easyurpmi and set up a decent mirror list including plf and contrib sources and you'll find most everything you'll ever need without having to get the source or a tarball from the parent site of the package(s) you want.

There's no sense messing around if there's an easier way, right?
Old 11-24-2004, 02:58 AM   #4
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you u get a rpm for firefox 1.0 at

For use with urpmi:
urpmi.addmedia mcnl with
Old 11-24-2004, 05:53 AM   #5
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When I install the Firefox browser I tend to do the following...

Untar the firefox installer in /usr/local/ which creates /usr/local/firefox-installer. Run the installer answer all the questions.

Next rename the firefox-installer directory to firefox (if you like), and then create a symbolic link into /usr/local/bin.

ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/firefox

Now all users on the system can use it.

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Quick update. I use Fedora Core 3 AMD64 release and you need a few library's from the mirgration package to make it function.
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Within a day or two of a Mozilla/Firefox release, the new build has an rpm in "contrib" for Mandrake, which is why I recommend that Mandrake users add that directory to their urpmi sources (and 1000's of other software not on the cd set). But for oher distros, the suggestion of using /usr/local is pretty much a universal recommendation, as its usually in most $PATH by default.

Its nice to have several ways to do things.


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