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Old 12-04-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
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Installing Firefox on MAndrake 10


I downloaded the firefox tar.gz , but can't get it to install.

When I use X windows, it's a folder with other files in it. None of those files do anything. I tried to click all of them, but one says "This appears to be an executable and Mandrake will not allow it".

When I go to it in a console window, it appears as a tar.gz file, but when I try to extract it , it says that it does not recognize it as a tar.gz file (although it's red like othe tar.gz file in Mandrake. I can't get into it like a directory either.

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Old 12-04-2004, 11:05 PM   #2
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What command are you running while you are attempting to untar the package? Firefox is usually installed in Mandrake by:

1. (in terminal) tar -zxvf firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz
--this untars the file and creates a new directory
2. Enter the new directory
3. sh ./

that is the way I have installed firefox a dozen times on Mandrake. Hope that helps.
Old 12-04-2004, 11:48 PM   #3
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I tried to tar it like you said, but it thinks that it's not a tar file and in KDE it's a directory, but I can't access it like a directory in the console because it thinks it's a tar file. Crazy.
Old 12-05-2004, 12:43 AM   #4
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you must use "gunzip" to unzip the file to a tar file first. then use the "tar
command to extract the files. It's like being zipped up twice.


gunzip firefox-1.0.installer.tar.gz
tar -xvsf firefox-1.0.installer.tar

EDIT: I could be wrong... using the -z option with the tar command may work as already suggested earlier. I've always done it like stated here..

Last edited by jagibbs; 12-05-2004 at 12:49 AM.
Old 12-05-2004, 01:51 AM   #5
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if you are using mandrake 10, then just right click on the thing and hit extract to...

and then go from there


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