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praetorianx 01-26-2007 07:46 PM

installing firefox 2.0
Hey everyone I'm new to Linux and these forums. I installed Fedora 6 and i'm trying to get the newest version of firefox installed.
I went to mozilla and downloaded the new (2.0) version of firefox.
It ploped the "firefox-" on my desktop and I can't figure out an easy way of getting it to install. Now I'm really new to Linux, so can anyone out there give me a step by step walkthrew of how to get it to install
remember "i'm an ultra Newb" :)

inspiron_Droid 01-26-2007 09:05 PM

It would help me if you would be kind enough to please mention your distribution in your profile, seeing as eac distribution ships standard with a diferent verseion of the fire fox browser.

IBall 01-26-2007 09:10 PM

Welcome to LQ!

The easiest way to install the new Firefox is to extract the tarball that you downloaded, and move the resulting directory to /usr/local. Then change the link in /usr/bin to point to firefox 2. Enter the following commands


cd desktop
tar -xzvf firefox-
(enter roots password)
mv firefox /usr/local
mv /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/firefox1.5
ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin

Note that for most software installation (other than firefox2), you should use the "Add/Remove Software" utility. This will download and install programs that are part of Fedora for you, along with any other programs that they need.
Firefox is the only program that is installed in the above manner.

I hope this helps

praetorianx 01-26-2007 10:19 PM

ok I did that but now when I click on the firefox icon under applications I get the folowing error.

Could not launch menu item
failed to execute child process "firefox" (permission denied)

any idea what I did wrong?

also if yall dont know what I did wrong how hard would it be to wipe all of firefox and just install firefox2 fresh ?

IBall 01-26-2007 10:40 PM

Try entering the command "firefox" in a terminal windows, and see what heappens.

I'm not sure if you can remove Firefox 1.5 without removing other stuff as well.


praetorianx 01-26-2007 10:55 PM

do I enter just "firefox"?
I tryed that, I opened a term window and im under [praet@localhost ~]$
when I type firefox there it says bash: firefox: command not found

IBall 01-26-2007 11:23 PM

I mis-typed the command above for the symbolic link. It should be:

ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin
Remove the symbolic link you created earlier, and try the above command as root. I have also changed the command in my above post.

Try typing using tab-completion. Type fir and press tab. All the files in that directory and programs in your PATH starting with fir will be listed, or if there is only one then the command will be completed for you. Hopefully, firefox is one of them :) You will find this very useful.


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