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Old 07-01-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
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RHEL 5 w/ Gnome - How to set 32 bit Firefox as default browser?

I just installed RHEL 5 Desktop x86_64 using Gnome as the Desktop Manager.

It works fine with one exception - the Gnome default browser is the 64 bit Firefox version. My ISP's homepage needs to use the Flash plugin to work properly. There is not yet a 64 bit Flash plugin version so I want to run 32 bit Firefox as my default browser (the one that runs when you pick the browser icon on the toolbar). I have 32 bit Firefox installed and I can run it from a launcher icon on my desktop, but I want to set it as the default that runs from the toolbar icon.

I've looked at the Preferred Applications utility and the "htmlview" script called by it but I can't determine how the Gnome default browser is established. Any ideas about where I should look? Thanks
Old 07-01-2007, 11:05 AM   #2
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One option is to remove the 64-bit version. You really don't need both anyway. The other option is System --> Preferences --> Preferred Applications and then select the 32-bit version of Firefox. Might require you to select Custom and enter the command to launch Firefox 32-bit. You could get the correct command from the Properties tab of the panel launcher.
Old 07-01-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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Weibullguy had the Fix!

You are "the man" Weibullguy, Thanks!

I went into Preferred Applications and selected "custom" as the default browser choice. I used "/usr/lib/firefox-" as the command and now my default browser is the 32 bit version (64 bit version is at "/usr/lib64/firefox-").

I had previously removed the 64 bit version Firefox and had everything working the way I wanted, but I installed a package that had 64 bit Firefox as a prerequisite and that put me back into this problem. I needed to make the 32 and 64 bit Firefox versions coexist without causing me problems.


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