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Old 12-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Question firefox browser new version install issues


My Slackware 12.1, KDE 3.5.9 now has Firefox 2.0.0.20 installed and fully is working. However since there is a improved newer version 3.0.0.5 that is available for Linux systems, how can I upgrade or install to this new Firefox version? I did try that; upgradepkg old%new package after I downloaded the correct Linux new version from the mozilla site. But in the konsole it did say this here; Pre-installing package firefox-3.0.5.tar.bz2...
ERROR: Package ./firefox-3.0.5.tar.bz2.tgz did not install
correctly. You may need to reinstall your old package
to avoid problems. Make sure the new package is not
corrupted.
It dowloaded to my desktop with a tar.bz2 file extension, but after it said package not found, I then added the .tgz at the end, which then gave the above error.

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Old 12-26-2008, 11:53 PM   #2
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The tarball you got from Mozilla is not a Slackware package.

Download the most recent official Slackware package of Firefox-3.0.4
and then run "upgradepkg /path/to/mozilla-firefox-3.0.4-i686-1.tgz"
 
Old 12-26-2008, 11:57 PM   #3
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Here is the most recent version of firefox which is version 3.0.5.

ftp://slackware.oregonstate.edu/pub/...0.5-i686-1.tgz
 
Old 12-26-2008, 11:59 PM   #4
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Hi, there is no mozilla-firefox-3.0.5 for Slackware 12.1 (To my knowledge)
upgradepkg will only work with Slackware packages (ending in tgz)
I would try the 12.2 package, but be warned, this is not a good practice and I'm not 100% sure it will work. If you can, upgrade to 12.2, as Pat says in the official announcement
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...we feel that Slackware 
12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is
a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.
But well... if you want to take the change, download mozilla-firefox-3.0.5-i686-1.tgz and as root type: upgradepkg mozilla-firefox-3.0.5-i686-1.tgz
I wish you good luck
 
Old 12-27-2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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I had problems with FF3 and SW12.1

I removed the firefox package from my 12.1 install and then installed the Firefox 3 tarball to /usr/local/bin/firefox (ie, not a slackpackage). I have run Firefox this way for several years, but I had problems with FF 3.

It ran OK at first and imported my bookmarks, etc. But I had a few problems with it hanging/crashing.

I did not spend any time troubleshooting it but just built a package of the latest FF 2 with a SlackBuild and installed that instead of FF 3, and have been a happy camper.

If you must have FF 3 you might try using the 12.2 slackbuild under 12.1, but I think I would removepkg FF 2 then installpkg FF 3 instead of using upgradepkg... just my personal 'safe' habit. Then if you have problems with 3 you can revert to 2 easily. I am not aware of any reason you cannot run FF 3 under SW12.1, but then again, I did experience problems...
 
Old 12-27-2008, 01:09 AM   #6
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After several attempts, I finally did get the Firefox version 3.0.0.3 to install as a upgrade from the 2.0.0.20 version which came with Slackware 12.1. But I had to first remove all Firefox installations shown with that KPackage tool, then re-install that older version with slackpkg tool, and then in a konsole as root I ran; upgradepkg mozilla-firefox%firefox-3.0.3-i686-1kjz.tgz, which I got from; http://www.linuxpackages.net/, thanks.
 
Old 12-27-2008, 01:45 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Bruce Hill View Post
The tarball you got from Mozilla is not a Slackware package.

Download the most recent official Slackware package of Firefox-3.0.4
and then run "upgradepkg /path/to/mozilla-firefox-3.0.4-i686-1.tgz"
Nice to see you back Bruce!
 
Old 12-27-2008, 03:44 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by james2b View Post
After several attempts, I finally did get the Firefox version 3.0.0.3 to install as a upgrade from the 2.0.0.20 version which came with Slackware 12.1. But I had to first remove all Firefox installations shown with that KPackage tool, then re-install that older version with slackpkg tool, and then in a konsole as root I ran; upgradepkg mozilla-firefox%firefox-3.0.3-i686-1kjz.tgz, which I got from; http://www.linuxpackages.net/, thanks.
Well, we pointed you to official Slackware packages, but one of the nice things about Slackware is the freedom to do as you wish, even if that means shooting yourself in the foot. Glad you got what you need.
 
  


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