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Old 04-11-2015, 05:25 PM   #1
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install application from tarball

I have done my best to follow basic cmd-line inputs to install 'Icecat' from the downloaded tarball,

My system is a 12.04-5(non-PAE) upgrade from Lubuntu 11.10. I have the lxde desktop, 2gbRAM,

to summarize:

joseph@joseph-TravelMate-2300:~/Downloads/IceCat$ ls
icecat icecat-31.6.0.en-US.linux-i686.tar.bz2

joseph@joseph-TravelMate-2300:~/Downloads/IceCat$ cd icecat

joseph@joseph-TravelMate-2300:~/Downloads/IceCat/icecat$ ls
application.ini libfreebl3.chk omni.ja
browser platform.ini
chrome.manifest plugin-container
components precomplete
defaults libsoftokn3.chk removed-files
dictionaries webapprt
icecat libnssdbm3.chk webapprt-stub
icecat-bin mozilla-xremote-client

joseph@joseph-TravelMate-2300:~/Downloads/IceCat/icecat$ ./configure
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory.

I have downloaded and installed 'build-essential' thinking that might help, but it didń't. I got the same no such file or directory. A search of computer root for 'build-essential' produced a negative result.

Clicking the 'icecat' logo from the decompressed files opens a version of icecat, but will not connect to urls.

I don't know where to go from here. Can anyone help, please?
Old 04-11-2015, 06:28 PM   #2
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Just to let you know a quick packages search shows there are repositories storing this package.

You've got the tarball so now you want to unpack it in a directory you'd like it to be stored in forever.
tar -jxf icecat*.tar.bz2 /directory/inwhich/to/store
mv icecat* icecat # renames the folder to something a little easier
Once that's sorted you'll need to make a shortcut to the file: click System > Preferences > Preferred Applications. Change the Web browser option to point at the icecat shell scrip

You're not compiling from source so build-essentials isn't necessary, nor is ./configure. In fact, there's not even an installer script in there it would seem.

Last edited by Hb_Kai; 04-11-2015 at 06:30 PM. Reason: little mistake
Old 04-11-2015, 10:56 PM   #3
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tar -jxf icecat*.tar.bz2 /directory/inwhich/to/store
should be corrected to:

tar -jxf icecat*.tar.bz2 -C /directory/inwhich/to/store
Also what you downloaded appears to be binary file archive. So no need to run ./configure as it is not present there.
Old 04-17-2015, 06:06 PM   #4
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Just run ./icecat in the folder where you unpacked the tarball. Nothing else needs to be done. The program will run just fine. You said the program did launch; what error are you getting?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:33 PM   #5
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Thanks to HB_Kai, veerain, and DJ_Shaji.

Kai's suggestion to point to causes the dialogue box to return to Firefox

veerain's suggestion works to unpack

...and DJ_Shaji there is no such file as ./icecat.

Icecat will open and connect to url's. It takes 85 seconds to open and interminable minutes to connect to a URL, rendering the browser useless.

I think it may have something to do with Lubuntu and the LXDE destop environment? I will mark the thread closed and give up on Icecat at least for now. I had wanted to get away from Firefox who are selling out to the DMR hoodlums.


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