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Old 08-20-2006, 10:33 PM   #1
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How can I use firefox instead of mozilla-firefox?


I installed the firefox browser, and after I zipped the folder/files, I was directed to type "sh firefox". Sure enough, it upgrades it, and I see the menu a little different, version up in the 1.5 area.

How do you get the firefox icon so I can get there instead of mozilla.
The only way I can use firefox or to get there (to my knowledge) is going into terminal and going to the folder and typing in "sh firefox".
Be nice to simply have the icon.

PS - I was told you can install the 32 bit firefox to enable a more updated version of flash. I'm still quite a noob, and have no idea where to even find the 32 bit version.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 10:48 PM   #2
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generically, just put the path to firefox in the icon properties, e.g. /home/user/programs/firefox/firefox.
 
Old 08-20-2006, 11:28 PM   #3
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I must be tired, I tried to find the file to have it link up to, not knowing that the file I used in konsole was the same file to open it.
It works now, and I even have the "firefox" logo/icon there instead, all is nice.
Thanks again.

Edit: can firefox work with hotkeys on the keyboard? mozilla-firefox does, and I think konqueror did also, but how about firefox?
I'm trying a lot, but nothing.

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:49 PM   #4
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pretty much anything can work with hotkeys. not sure where the settings for them are in KDE, but just look around.

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Old 08-20-2006, 11:58 PM   #5
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the "keytouch" program works with mozilla-firefox and konqueror, just not firefox. not sure why it fails.
 
Old 08-21-2006, 11:30 AM   #6
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i use xbindkeys in xfce4. it's easier than even using the native xfce4 keybind function.


>edit: sorry, read it to say keytouch wouldn't start any firefox. i think they might have packaged the binary as mozilla-firefox at one point, or some distros do. if you have that, you should just remove it and run firefox. maybe make a symlink to /usr/bin so it starts with keytouch.

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Old 08-21-2006, 11:49 AM   #7
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Works with mozilla-firefox and not firefox?

As far as I know, firefox is Mozilla Firefox. Is there some other browser also called Firefox that's not the Mozilla product?
 
Old 08-21-2006, 12:31 PM   #8
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I must not have installed it properly then. When I click on "firefox", I get the 1.5.0.6 version. If I use the hotkey, I get mozilla-firefox, version 1.0 something.
If I click back on firefox, it says "its been updated".
 
Old 08-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JBailey742
I must not have installed it properly then. When I click on "firefox", I get the 1.5.0.6 version. If I use the hotkey, I get mozilla-firefox, version 1.0 something.
If I click back on firefox, it says "its been updated".

see edit, 3 posts up. in short: mozilla-firefox is probably a "mandriva" bundled version, so you ought to remove it and just run regular firefox from mozilla.org. make a symlink from the binary to /usr/bin, or else just use the binary path in your menus and icons to where you untar the package.
 
Old 08-21-2006, 02:10 PM   #10
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I'm getting "Could not create symlink /firefox. Please check permissions. I'll see if I can figure this out.

I do feel bad for bugging you guys a lot with so many issues/problems. I'm getting to know linux, but I tend to ask first, then sometimes do research. It was easier with windows, because I knew it pretty well, right where to go. Right now, with linux, I have no clue where to go to get most things going. If someone says, it's here, than I can usually get it going.
 
Old 08-21-2006, 02:30 PM   #11
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you need to be root to write to /usr/bin. but if you're having problems, it might be simpler just to use the path to the firefox binary in the firefox directory -- it just cuts out an extra step.

so, if you untarred the package in /home/<user> to make /home/<user>/firefox, the firefox binary would be in /home/<user>/firefox, making the path to use in your icons, menus and keyboard shortcuts /home/<user>/firefox/firefox (replace <user> with your actual user, of course, or use the ~/ shorthand).

since firefox is now a standalone binary that doesn't require installation, you shouldn't have any problems launching it with your keyboard from there.

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Old 08-21-2006, 03:34 PM   #12
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being in root, no problem. that's it though. I understand how to move from folder to folder also, and cd.. to go back one. that's no issue. but how do you move files in there, or unlock that folder/write access or whatever?
 
  


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