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Old 06-10-2006, 01:39 PM   #1
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Install Firefox 1.5 tar.gz on SuSE 10

I downloaded firefox- to install on my SuSE 10 system and I am having a few issues. First I see:

Extract the tarball in the directory where you want to install Firefox:

tar -xzvf firefox-

This will create a firefox subdirectory of that directory.
What directory would be best to install Firefox or any software in general? I tried to install it and I got the 'firefox' subdirectory but could not figure out what to do at that point. The 'readme.txt' file just directed me to the above quote. I tried to run './configure' but that would not work.

Is there a disadvantage to installing via tar.gz and not a .rpm? Will YaST still update applications installed via tar.gz? Thanks.
Old 06-10-2006, 01:51 PM   #2
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All you need to do for the Firefox tarball from is to untar it. Might be a good idea to untar it in /opt. You can then make a symlink to the executable in somewhere in your $PATH (e.g. /usr/bin), or just add /opt/firefox/ to your $PATH. You don't need to run ./configure and stuff because the software has already been built. Downloading a .tar.gz doesn't necessarily mean you're downloading source code.


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