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Old 07-21-2004, 05:22 PM   #1
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Slack 10:KDE is great, everything else seems broken


I did a mostly complete installation of Slackware 10. By "mostly" I mean I left out Emacs and installed from the Newbie prompts, but included just about everything except some server apps. I installed Gnome + KDE + Blackbox, Fluxbox, XFce, and almost every library. In KDE everything works perfectly, but I can't get Mozilla or Galeon to start. Mozilla just times out while Galeon tells me the following:

Ensure the "MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME" environment variable is set to the correct Mozilla installation directory.

I honestly don't know what that means.

I checked /var/log/packages and Mozilla is there but /usr/bin/mozilla shows a shell script with read-only priveleges (sp?), not an executable. Is that right? I can't get it to start under Gnome, either.

Gnome looks awful. The menus are bleak and the desktop configuration tools are terrible. Blackbox, Fluxbox and Xfce are all missing application menus. Fluxbox will link to Gnome apps but not KDE apps. Xfce wil run an app if I type it in, but has no right-click or middle-click menus. I don't even know where to start to make them useable!

It just seems like I don't have everything I need to make any other window managers really useful. Where do I start?

Thanks,
Siri Amrit
 
Old 07-21-2004, 06:21 PM   #2
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Well, for your Galeon problem try this:

export MOZILLA_FIVE_HOME="/usr/lib/mozilla-1.whatever"

See if that helps.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks, spindley, but I tried it and it didn't change anything.

Siri Amrit
 
Old 07-21-2004, 11:38 PM   #4
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Mozilla Problem

I just upgraded Mozilla today and had a similar problem. Mozilla is installed in /usr/lib/mozilla-x.x. In other words, if you have Mozilla 1.6b, it will be installed in /usr/lib/mozilla-1.6b. Even if you don't know what version of Mozilla you're using, you can get into the correct directory by typing:

cd /usr/lib
cd mozilla*

Once you're in, look for a file called run-mozilla.sh. Make sure it's there and type:

./run-mozilla.sh

and Mozilla should start. If it doesn't, Mozilla is probablly installed incorrectly.

For some reason, Slackware looks for the "mozilla" command in /usr/local/bin, which is part of your path. (/usr/bin is also part of your path, and there's a "mozilla" listed there too, but for some reason it won't work.)

I removed the "mozilla" file from /usr/local/bin and replaced it with a small script which read:

#!/bin/sh
/usr/bin/mozilla

Now I can type "mozilla" from any command line and it comes up.

Alex
 
Old 07-22-2004, 10:21 AM   #5
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Thanks, Alex. I didn't have anything in /usr/local/bin, but I put that script in there. If I'm root it will come up now, but if I'm a user I get the following when I type "mozilla":

tigerflag@localhost:~$ mozilla
*** Registering -webcal handler.
*** Registering text/calendar handler.
*** Registering webcal protocol handler.

and it just hangs.

I changed permissions but it still only works as root. Ditto for the script in /usr/bin/mozilla. That one will also start only for root.
I have to go to work. Will fiddle with it more later. Thanks for your help.

Siri Amrit
 
Old 07-23-2004, 06:52 AM   #6
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If its the same problem experienced by many others (including me). The simplest solution is to run mozilla as root then create new profile. That trick worked for me.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 06:58 AM   #7
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With Blackbox and Fluxbox, you have to configure yourself the "app menu" which is called root menu by these window managers (do man blackbox, man fluxbox)

The mozilla permissions problem was already fixed by many posts here (try search mozilla in this forum)
 
Old 07-24-2004, 01:00 PM   #8
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I figured out the Mozilla/Galeon part!

After trying so many things I pretty much screwed up Mozilla beyond recognition. So I completely uninstalled it, then reinstalled it from the Slackware installation disk #1. I read instructions on the Mozilla website for installing it on Linux. One thing they said was to do everything from root, not su(do) root. They also said to run Mozilla from root first before running it as a user.
Reading another thread in this forum on this problem, I learned that the /usr/lib/mozilla-1.7/chrome directory has to be changed to "chmod 777". I tried that but it still didn't work.

So I looked at the properties of that directory. In KDE (as root- dangerous, I know) I right-clicked on the /chrome directory, then clicked Properties, Permissions. Everybody, i.e. Owner, Group, and Others had full permissions. But it said Owner was root and Group was root. I changed the Group to "users". Ran Mozilla and Galeon once each as root. Logged out and logged in as a user. They both work now. I do not get a screen to creat a new profile.

This isn't a great solution from a security standpoint, but nobody besides myself using this computer will ever mess with the files.

HTH somebody.

Siri Amrit
 
  


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