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Old 01-30-2004, 11:04 PM   #1
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how to install firebird

Everybody LOVES Firebird. So I go to and
download the 0.7 gzipped tarball into my /misc/downloads.
I unzip, untar, and it barfs a big tree full of files right there
under /misc/downloads. No README. No No Makefile.
I try to execute, and get: Cannot execute .

When I try to execute MozillaFirebird-bin, I get:
./MozillaFirebird-bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

even though there damn well is a file, right there in the directory.

And when I run the executable directly (as opposed to these shell scripts),
it runs, but the fonts look crappy. Good old mozilla 1.5 has perfectly nice fonts.
A cursory search in google/linux shows that other people don't like the fonts
either, but offer conflicting and frighteningly arcane solutions.

So - how do I install Firebird for real? Do I just mv the whole tree somewhere?
Soft link from /usr/bin to the executable? Why don't the scripts work? And how,
simply, do I fix the fonts?

Old 01-30-2004, 11:16 PM   #2
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You want MozillaFirebird-xft instead of the standard build. That will give you the eye-friendly anti-aliased fonts that everyone knows and loves.

You don't have to compile or install... just copy the tree wherever you want and use the binary.

try this :
Old 01-30-2004, 11:47 PM   #3
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Thanks! You're beautiful! Yep, nice fonts.
And now MozillaFirebird (the shell script) works. Yay.
Old 01-31-2004, 05:11 PM   #4
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OK, actually I have one more question.

I run Mozilla 1.5, and I just did a 'ln -s' to make all the
plugins from Mozilla 1.5 show up in the plugins directory for
firebird. But now, when I fire up firebird from the command line,
I get:

LoadPlugin: failed to initialize shared library /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/ [/usr/lib/RealPlayer8/ undefined symbol: __pure_virtual]

Interestingly, RealPlayer files, like the song snippets on amazon,
play just fine (possibly because I also have CrossOver installed).
But I'm curious about this error message, which never shows up under
Mozilla 1.5.

Old 01-31-2004, 07:20 PM   #5
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Just run the MozillaFirebird script not the runMozilla script. IT will work
It worked in mine

You dont need to install it


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