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Old 08-20-2003, 12:27 PM   #1
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Mozilla 1.4 non-root user

I resently updated to mozilla 1.4, and at first it worked fine as root or my other account. I know because I remember having to go into moz as root to install mouse gestures. But now, when I try to run moz as the non root user, it starts to load then nothing happens. Sometimes it opens the profile selection box, but when I click to start it just goes away. It runs perfectly as root, but I'd rather not run that way. Anyone encountered a similar problem or have any ideas how to get it working again?

Old 08-20-2003, 03:02 PM   #2
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Strange. Looks like a permission problem. Try running in a konsole, so we can see which error messages you are getting. Make sure to also install it at /usr/local, so that every user can have access to it
Old 08-20-2003, 06:06 PM   #3
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Check the permissions of the executable, and also:

To install Mozilla for multiple users on Unix, install as normal, then create the following script in your Mozilla directory, make it executable (chmod u+x <scriptname>), and run it as root. Do not run this program as su[do] root. (Bug 52653)

dist_bin=`dirname $0`
touch $dist_bin/chrome/user-skins.rdf $dist_bin/chrome/user-locales.rdf

You should then be able to run that installation of Mozilla as any user who has permissions to access it.

(From Maybe the fact that Mozilla doesn't show is because of the permissions onto the profile's files. Mozilla tries to use the already created profile, but it fails because it's accessible only by root.

You could try also to start mozilla with the "-ProfileManager" option and then create a new profile.
Old 08-20-2003, 06:51 PM   #4
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installation directory

I installed it in /usr/lib/mozilla-1.4 and got rid of /usr/lib/mozilla-1.3 that was originally there. Is there a problem with having it there? It seemed to work before, so I'm leaning toward a problem with the profiles. Perhaps it's trying to use one it doesn't have permission for? As for running from the command line, I get no errors. From the terminal you wouldn't know anything was wrong. It pops up a thing in the taskbar, and a hourglass spins for a bit, then the takbar thing goes away and...nothing. I tried the script for multiusers from, and that didn't seem to fix anything. I guess I'll take another look at the profiles issue when I go in tomorrow.

Old 08-20-2003, 07:42 PM   #5
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well I'm not sure about this multiuser script that I see from tchernobog. Personally, what I do after running the mozilla installation is to do:

$ ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla
$ chmod u+x /usr/bin/mozilla

and that allows all users to run the command "mozilla" and get mozilla up and running
Old 08-21-2003, 03:07 PM   #6
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Thumbs up got it

After uninstalling mozilla, and reinstalling it i figured out the problem as I was setting things up again. I'd installed the xpi addon for mouse gestures. That's what broke it. After lookin at the mozdev mouse gestures FAQ
I just went in mozilla/chrome/mozgest and did chmod -R 755 *
Now my non-root user works fine.
Old 10-15-2003, 11:45 AM   #7
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I have a newbie question on your (good) suggestion.

You said:
$ ln -s /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla
$ chmod u+x /usr/bin/mozilla
However, I am missing some info - I can't create a symbolic link from /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla to /usr/bin/mozilla because, while I have /usr/bin/mozilla I don't have the /usr/local/mozilla/mozilla path... is there a way, when installing mozilla, to have it set up this local machine part? If so, how do I do that? Drawing on my Windows experience, do we just create the local path, and then a file, any file, and symlink it to the /usr/bin/mozilla file? Then point our mozilla icon to the symlink? Or have I missed the essence? Does doing this latter enable any user, because the link is now in the /usr/local/../.. path, to run mozilla?

Also, I understand that the chmod command is to enable execute permission for the logged in user on the mozilla executable... mine always had (and does have) the rwx permission for user level.

Can you shed some more light on this, particularly the install/symbolic link question?
(bear in mind I am a humble newbie)




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