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Old 02-15-2004, 07:32 PM   #1
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How do you install Mozilla Firefox?

Sorry to sound so helpless, but I am new to linux still (2 days) and I am always running into problems installing downloaded files. I want to replace MOzilla 1.4 with Mozilla Firefox after I download it, get the shortcut onto the desktop and maybe in the menu. I am running Mandrake 9.2 with KDE
Old 02-15-2004, 07:40 PM   #2
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Extract the compressed archive and run firefox
all you have to do is untar the tarball and the executable is in the root of the directory ...
so basically there is really no installation, as all you have to do is untar the package and run firefox ..

right click the desktop and select from the shortcut menu to "make a shortcut" i forget the exact term but it may say something like link to application or something similiar ..

fire up the menu editor to add it to the menu .... i think its in the utilities menu, or settings..

i don't use KDE, so i am guessing at the actual names of things, but just reading what i type will point you in the right direction ...
Old 02-15-2004, 07:42 PM   #3
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So, I assume you already have the firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz file?

- Log in as Root
- Open the console
- CD to the directory where you DLed the file
- type: tar -xvzf firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz
- type: cd firefox
- type: ./firefox


*Making a shortcut on the KDE desktop*
- Right click on the desktop
- Create New -> Link to Location
- Find the directory where you installed firefox and look for a file called "firefox" (no extension)
- Click OK
Old 02-15-2004, 08:56 PM   #4
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Thanks, got it down perfect!
Old 02-17-2004, 11:18 PM   #5
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Another way to make a shortcut on the desktop is to find the app in Konsole, click on partial page, drag it over to the desktop, and click "Copy here."
Old 02-18-2004, 01:47 AM   #6
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run as other than root

I'm assuming this is a really dumb question (tm), but I will just go ahead and ask it anyway.

Downloaded and unpacked firefox.
I'm able to run it ok *as root*.

When I try to run it as a ordinary user, I get the following error-message:

"Error launching browser window:no XBL binding for browser"

I'm assuming it has something to do with permissions, or something similar?

Yes, I have chowned the directory to the user, and he (I) have permissions to run it. I even did a chmod 777 just to be on the `safe side' (eh heh heh), but still no luck.

What is it I'm missing?!
Old 02-18-2004, 12:18 PM   #7
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According to this thread in the Firefox support forum,

that error can be caused by an incompatible extension, perhaps a leftover in your profile. I always move away my old ~/.phoenix directory before starting up a new version, personally.
Old 02-19-2004, 01:25 AM   #8
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Thumbs up that did the job


Removing old configs took care the problem.

... And yes, I guess you're suggestion (always removing configs when upgrading) is sound advice.
Old 02-19-2004, 05:40 PM   #9
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Here's what I do:
tar -zxf firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz -C /usr/local/lib/

then if I really want to, I do:
cp /usr/bin/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla.bu
*edit /usr/bin/mozilla to point to firefox instead of mozilla*

that solves problems for me when I open the XFCE4 manual, and instead of using Mozilla, it uses Firefox. Then if I ever need to, I can rename my /usr/bin/mozilla to /usr/bin/firefox and overwrite the /usr/bin/mozilla with /usr/bin/mozilla.bu


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