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Old 10-21-2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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If I download something that I run from the untarred folder rather than a regular install, is there a way I can just install it anyway, so it works out of the menu and stuff?

Specifically, I'm looking at Firefox, but I'm wondering about this for all apps that work in the same way. You run it with a console command ./firefox (at least, thats the only way I know to do it), but I'd like to just see it in the menu like everything else and not just taking up space in my /home.

How can I do that?
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I'm not quite sure what you mean.

The way I read your post, it sounds as if you untarred the download and are running the program from the extracted folder without actually installing the program and that you wish to run the program in that manner without actually running the install.

If the program runs from the command line in that circumstance, I don't see why you couldn't just create a menu item that points to the executable in the untarred folder. If it runs from the command line, it ought to run from the menu, but you might have to add it manually; the desktop environment would put it there automatically.

in the Fluxbox menu file, it would look like this when the display name is Foobar and the path is /home/[username]/[folder]/[executable].

[exec] (Foobar) {/home/[username]/[folder]/[executable]}
In KDE or Gnome, start the menu editor as user and browse for the executable.

This is untested. I haven't tried to run a program without installing it.

Please let me know if I misinterpreted your question.
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Also, if you have superuser access to your system, you can choose
to untar the download in a directory other than your home directory.
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I generally move the untarred directory to /opt.
Then you can either create a desktop shortcut to the app in question and/or use the menu editor to put the app in an appropriate place in your menu system. Either one is quite easy to do.
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so this is the current firfox ??

keep in mind that your old Firefox plugins will not work . Until you make links from the originals to the NEW Firefox plugin folder .

and that things like the mplayer ff plugin will NOT install into the NEW ff folder


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