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Old 06-03-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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Wierd error message when starting firefox


I downloaded firefox 3.0.10 from mozilla' website because the 3.0.5 version of iceweasel i have running is crashing a LOT when using it to access flash movies, but it also gets segmentation faults several times on other sites where i cannot see that flash is used, so i thought i might upgrade or just use a newer version.

So i downloaded mozilla firefox 3.0.10 from the offical mozilla site and extracted the contents of the .bz file. Then when i executed "firefox", "" or any other script/binary that should start firefox i get this message:
bash: ./firefox: /bin/sh: bad interpreter: Permission denied

When i look at the files i see they all start with "#!/bin/bash" and are shell scripts that the bash shell should understand (im using bash like most other people).

Does anyone know why this is happening?
Old 06-03-2009, 02:20 PM   #2
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Hi, first of all check that you have execute permissions on the script (and any executables it might call) and that the partition isn't mounted with the noexec option. Second : check that you have all dependencies installed (they should be there since you use 3.0.5, but checking never hurts).
Check that there is no empty line before the #!/bin/bash line. Check if /bin/bash and /bin/sh are the same (are softlinked).
Last, you may try running "sh"
Old 06-03-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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Oh, i forgot that.. i actually had a readme file with capital letters in my home directory reminding me that i had the home dir. mounted "noexec" for security reasons (guess that doesnt work as a reminder and i end up in situations like this).. didnt remember it at all.. thanks for you answer, that reminded me of it

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