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Old 10-12-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Firefox source code install troubles

i'm installing linux from source code for the sake of doing it that way so i'll know how to in the future instead of being solely dependant on synaptic. so when i decompile the tar.bz2 file it makes a new directory like it should and then i changed the directory to the output file but then the directions i'm following tell me to punch in "./configure" and i get this error message: bash: ./configure: No such file or directory

what am i supposed to do now? neither make nor make install work. they have the error message of no make file found, no target, and no rule found (something like that).

this is what's in the directory: application.ini modules
blocklist.xml mozilla-xremote-client
chrome platform.ini
components plugins
crashreporter README.txt
crashreporter.ini removed-files
crashreporter-override.ini res
dictionaries searchplugins
extensions libsoftokn3.chk Throbber-small.gif
firefox update.locale
firefox-bin updater
greprefs updater.ini

oh and the only thing that the READ ME.txt says is this: For information about installing, running and configuring Firefox
including a list of known issues and troubleshooting information,
refer to:

so what am i supposed to do next???

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Old 10-12-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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There is not configure file, thats true and it is normal. Just type "make menuconfig" instead. Then you will have to do make, make modules install and make install. After that, you will have to take a look at your grub config to point to the new kernel, setup yout initramfs if you want to build one and test everything.
Old 10-12-2009, 10:54 PM   #3
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this IS NOT A configure OR makefile program
i take YOU DID NOT read the README file !!!

this is the firefox binary install
read the README file for the instructions

there is NO compiling for this file .
Old 10-12-2009, 10:56 PM   #4
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It appears that what you have there, based on the file names of the stuff you listed from the unpacked archive, is an already-built firefox installation. It is not source code.

If you actually enter that unpacked directory, and type "./" or just "./firefox" then chances are good, a firefox will start up. If you wanted to, you could re-package that archive as a package for your system (an .RPM or a .DEB) to be installed properly.

If you really want to build Firefox from source, you'll need to download the source code, and you'll need a bunch of non-standard stuff installed in your Linux system, such as the Java ANT build system, in order to compile the firefox executable for Linux.

I suspect the title of this thread should be "Building Firefox from Source on Linux", and if so, perhaps fixing that title will get you more readers who know what they're talking about and can actually help you build Firefox if you wish.

Note: from what I've read, there's not usually any reason for most users to build Firefox from scratch (from source), as it is already compiled optimally for most users.

Old 10-12-2009, 11:00 PM   #5
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Looks like you've downloaded something that is already compiled. You can try to run firefox (or firefox-bin (if that's not a directory).

It's a bit messy as the so files usually reside in one of the system directories.

Unfortunately we can not see what are directories and what are files. Can you post the output of ls -l on that directory?

Some corrections on your title/text:
your not installing linux but you're installing firefox (by the looks of it)
you did not decompile but you did extract the tar.bz2
Old 10-13-2009, 09:19 AM   #6
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thanks guys that would explain why i'm can't get it installed.
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What I do is get source code from here:

Make a file called '.mozconfig' in your home directory. And put something like this in it:

ac_add_options --enable-application=browser
ac_add_options --disable-tests 
ac_add_options --disable-debug
ac_add_options --enable-strip
ac_add_options --enable-libxul
ac_add_options --with-pthreads
ac_add_options --enable-safe-browsing
ac_add_options --enable-svg
ac_add_options --enable-canvas
ac_add_options --disable-xprint
ac_add_options --disable-gnomeui
ac_add_options --disable-gnomevfs
ac_add_options --disable-mailnews
ac_add_options --disable-crashreporter
ac_add_options --enable-places
ac_add_options --enable-jemalloc
ac_add_options --prefix=/home/demonslayer/lib/firefox
Fixing things for your own liking of course:

Then just './configure' 'make' 'make install'.


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