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racicz 02-10-2006 05:57 PM

Installing downloads
I'm vary new to linux OS. I have installed Mandriva Linux 2006 and i'm trying to update Firefox browser because Mandriva came with a older version. So i downloaded the software to my desktop and i extracted the zipped file to a default location. How do i install this? Tried using "Drake" to install but how do i tell drake where the file is?

Like i said i'm very new to linux. I'm used to just double click on "exe" file and run the install in windows.

Thank you

croakinglizard 02-10-2006 07:26 PM

I dont use Mandriva but a google search came up with this:

bigrigdriver 02-10-2006 07:38 PM

I might be mistaken, but doesn't Mozilla/Firefox download as a .bin file? If so, to install, you need to make the file executable with a command from the command line. Open a terminal window (the icon in the tray that looks like a screen (perhaps with a sea shell super-imposed), and issue this command: chmod +x <filename>, where <filename> is the name of the file.

chmod = change mode; +x = make executable

You may have to be root (sys admin priviledge) to do this. So, from the command line, su <enter>, give the root password when prompted, then give the chmod command listed above.

If you are not in the same folder the file is in, then cd to that folder, and try to execute the command: <filename>.bin (press enter). You may have to precede the command with ./; as in ./<filename>.bin.

Or, from anywhere in the directory tree, give the full path to the file, as in /home/<username>/<filename> <enter>, after making it executable.

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