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well im runing mandrake 10.1 the problem is when i run the command tar -xzvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz it creates that firefox directory but i dont quite get it i try to ...
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    Unhappy firefox on mandrake


    well im runing mandrake 10.1 the problem is when i run the command

    tar -xzvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz

    it creates that firefox directory but i dont quite get it i try to install and guides everywhere says type

    ./configure
    make
    make install

    nothing happens at ./configure or wither of em.. whats wrong??

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    I don't think you need to install FF from source. If you have any files which end in *.bin just run them by typing:

    ./whatever.bin

    Sometimes a file doesn't end in *.bin but is also executable. If you aren't sure type:

    fiile whatever

    replacing 'whatever' with the name of the actual file. Output might look like this:

    firefox: Bourne shell script text executable

    I didn't install mine from source, and IMHO doing so is a waste of time unless you want to spend a long time in front of your PC.

    Above I'm assuming you know a few command line tricks. To enter a directory just type cd whatever_directory To list files type ls -al to get a complete read-out. To check out how to use a command try - for example - man ls

    Happy penguining.
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    And concerning firefox's installer, you can simply run ./firefox in the firefox folder.

    In the console, you tared-xzvf the firefox archive, that created the firefox folder, you used cd "foldername" to move into that folder, right ? Just run ./firefox

    Or in graphical mode (I recognize the power of the unix console, I just don't see the need to use it more than necessary ^^), using konqueror or nautilus, right-click the firefox archive, "extract here", click and enter the created firefox folder, double-click the "firefox" file.

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    And concerning firefox's installer, you can simply run ./firefox in the firefox folder.

    In the console, you tared-xzvf the firefox archive, that created the firefox folder, you used cd "foldername" to move into that folder, right ? Just run ./firefox

    Or in graphical mode (I recognize the power of the unix console, I just don't see the need to use it more than necessary ^^), using konqueror or nautilus, right-click the firefox archive, "extract here", click and enter the created firefox folder, double-click the "firefox" file.


    i have done it already but it is not running...
    it posts "SCIM: im_module_init

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    Quote Originally Posted by janie
    i have done it already but it is not running...
    it posts "SCIM: im_module_init
    I'm not quite clear what you've done here. Did you 'double click' and get that message? In fact to start with, I would open a terminal and cd into the firefox directory. You need to see which file will start up firefox ... it should have a name like firefox.bin

    If so, type ./firefox.bin

    In Konqueror you can just drag and drop that file onto the toolbar (or 'kicker' to give it its right name) and from there just click 'n go.

    The terminal is good for low level powerful tasks. The gui is great for quick and easy stuff.
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