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Old 12-11-2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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Need help installing files with Mandriva 2006


I read the sticky before i posted this, and it didn't help that much since i got a few errors. can someone tell me how to install firefox 1.5? i've downloaded the .tar.gz file, and i've tried to uncompress it by typing tar -xvvzf /home/name/Desktop/firefox-1.5.tar.gz, but i'm not sure if it worked properly. So can you give me instructions from here? Thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-11-2005, 09:46 PM   #2
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Why not use konqueror and browse into the file and then copy the entire firefox directory to where you want it to be and then browse into it and then just run the firefox shell script (labelled as "firefox" in the directory).

That will get you up and running. then you can create a shortcut to that file on your desktop or wherever you want it to go and BAM! you have firefox 1.5
 
Old 12-11-2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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can't you just do, as root:
urpmi firefox
on the propmt of linux, enter as root, it must go well..
also, why aren't you installing it throght rpm?
 
Old 12-11-2005, 11:13 PM   #4
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Because there's no mandriva package for 1.5 yet. It won't be available through urpmi until someone packages it in rpm form. I'm working on it. It'll be a couple weeks though because I'm swamped with work right now.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 02:28 AM   #5
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I upgraded my 10.1 to 20006. I used the one for FC from the fx official website. just extracted it and ran the fx file, it automatically searched for updates for my previous installed extensions and themes, once its done, its ready to use.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 03:41 PM   #6
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thanks, i got it to work, and yes i'm new to Mandriva and Linux. Whats rpm? is it a program to uncommpress folders/files?
 
Old 12-12-2005, 04:08 PM   #7
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Sorry, forgot one more thing, how would I add firefox to the start menu?
 
Old 12-12-2005, 04:53 PM   #8
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Right click on the K menu button, and click Edit. There will be a dialog box that pops up and yo uwill be able to add a program. Then fill out the fields and make sure you save before you close the window.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 06:26 PM   #9
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Whats rpm? is it a program to uncommpress folders/files?
RPM is Redhat Package Manager and its what you use on Mandriva to install and uninstall stuff. Goto http://easyurpmi.zarb.org and setup access to the software sources and then use menu->System->Configuration->Packaging->Install Software to install what you need. You should always try this first to install something since most of the .tar.gz packages you download from the net are source code which has to be built, and this can become a very tedious and difficult process in some situations. Firefox is a fairly rare exception to this - its already compiled and comes with a Windows-style installer in the .tar.gz IIRC so its not as hard to install as most.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 08:37 PM   #10
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Thanks again, but this is odd. I just started firefox again from the shell script and it doesn't work. I deleted firefox's folder and am trying to reinstall it, but its not working. I haven't changed any settings with folders, I'll try again and see what I can do.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 08:43 PM   #11
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Check if its permissions are set up to allow it to execute.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 08:51 PM   #12
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It's setup to be executable. I reinstalled it by downloading the .tar.gz file, and then I typed

tar -xvvzf /home/name/Desktop/firefox-1.5.tar.gz

This created a folder in Home, like it should, but the firefox shell script doesn't work.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 08:53 PM   #13
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Oh, and it says no C compiler in $PATH.
 
Old 12-12-2005, 09:08 PM   #14
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Did you extract the entire "firefox" directory? make sure you aren't executing it from a directory inside your Desktop. I find the easiest way to make sure all of this has happend is to navigate into the tarball through Konqueror and copying the whole firefox folder and pasting it where you want it. Then going into the folder and checking visually that the "is executable" box is checked. Just a superstition of mine.


Did you try executing it under the KDE Run Command feature?
 
Old 12-12-2005, 11:12 PM   #15
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sghod what exactly have you got there? Are you sure its the firefox binary install, if you're doing something that requires the C compiler then you must have downloaded the source code. It would be much easier for you if you just got the binary release by going to mozilla.org and following the links, if that's not what you've already done.

Installing firefox is fairly simple, download the file, right-click on it and from the Action menu select 'unarchive' or something like that (or open it with ark and extract it from there). Now go into the folder it created and double-click the file that's just called 'firefox'. I just tried it then on my Centos machine at work and it works perfectly. It should work the same on Mandriva. What happens if you try and run it from the command line, eg:
Code:
/home/yourusername/firefox-1.5/firefox
?

You can install the C compiler by going to easyurpmi and then using the Install Software GUI to install the package named 'gcc' (no quotes). See my sig for more details.

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