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    Firefox 2 and SUSE

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    I found near-perfect install instructions for Firefox at Installing Firefox in SUSE .

    The only thing I'm stuck on is depicted in the graphic below, which is the error I get if I try to double-click an URL and have the default browser (Firefox) open it.

    Any ideas how to fix this (association?)?

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    I've downloaded the firefox-2.0.tar.gz file. It's in a folder "Downloads" on my Desktop.

    I understand the tar command needed to unpack it and create the necessary directories ( tar -zxvf firefox-2.0.tar.gz) but I am not at all clear on where this should be executed -- where the Firefox files will end up.

    In addition, I've heard something about needing a symlink, or removing same.

    What is this, and what or how do I do it?

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Is this a file mozilla laid down or is it a symlink you created?
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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    DO this:

    ls -al /usr/share/applications/MozillaFirefox.desktop

    Is it a file or link?
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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Mike:

    One I created... Firefox 2 didn't put anything on the desktop.

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Mike:

    ?

    Got me. Is the code you gave me a link, you mean? Yes I believe so...

    But, at 5.30 this morn, I solved it... not sure I could re-do what I did... it had something to do with conflicting paths and destinations. So I deleted all and started over, and I think it's OK this time.

    Now, root, all I've got to solve is my printer. Works in Windows, and in a VMware VM of Windows, but cannot get the darn thing to show up in SUSE...

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    the firefox tarball only needs extracting and you can extract it anywhere - I use the /usr/ directory. You end up with "/usr/firefox/etc... The executable is then /usr/firefox/firefox and you need a simlink to this in your /usr/bin/ like this:
    ln -s /usr/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox
    This creates the necessary link for a taskbar or desktop icon which just needs to refer to "firefox" (no quotes, of course).

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Peter:

    That makes pretty good sense...

    Seems that you can really install stuff anywhere, with the links set right... are there any "accepted" standard folder assignments or structure? I've seen 'bin' in a few places. Why? Does (that one for example) end up having a "global" 'bin' folder for stuff everybody has access to, and another in local (for network/user stuff) and /usr/bin for stuff for just the user "of the moment"?

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Peter:

    I seem to repeatedly have one problem:

    If I start working in SUSE, I invariable need to be logged in as root. But to do this, I have to open a terminal, yes? And in so doing, I "loose my place" in Konqueror for the (for instance) link I was trying to create.

    How do I get around this?

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Chuck
    I'm no expert but I'm using Suse alot now and learning. The /usr/ files seem to hold the general programs that everyone can access but sometimes they go into /opt/ or /usr/share. I don't think there's a hard and fast rule.
    The use of simlinks mean you can put things almost anywhere then create the link so the system picks up the executable. And it picks up these by looking in the bins or sbins. So your desktop just needs to point to the executable file not the full path.
    As for logging in as root, this seems to be frowned upon as it compromises the security. If you think in MS anyone can do almost anything but in linux user access is limited by default as opposed to setting up permissions. When you need to make admin changes you sudo it in a console. You can do much more in console scripting in linux than in Windows which can be quick and easy when you get the hang.

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Peter:

    Yes, it seems that a lot of Linux, in all of its flavors, is flexible enough to abide nea anything the user wishes... I guess I'm just trying to try to prepare for coming across the unspoken "givens"...

    I don't quite have the symlinks down yet... as I had noted in the VMware board, I can call Firefox now on command, but *not* just with "firefox", but rather the entire path... My Firefox is installed in /usr/local/firefox. My sym is

    ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox and is in the /usr/bin folder ... something's wrong, but I don't see what as yet...

    Maybe I'll wait and look again tomorrow in the "cold light of..."

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Hey, the symlink looks correct as long as the source directory is correct. Here's a few commands that can help if you don't know where the firefox executable is:

    updatedb - updates the db for searching - this may take a min.
    locate firefox | less - locate's anything with 'firefox' in it and pauses between pages.

    the symlink command looks like this:

    ln -s <source file or directory> <target file or dir>
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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    root:

    When I ran updatedb, I got a whole string of "Access denied"'s, and that's *with* logging in as root.

    Should this be?

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Chuck
    I think if you make that /usr/sbin rather than binit should work.

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Peter:

    Where the heck did I do *that*? I looked and don't see it...

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    Re: Firefox 2 and SUSE

    Chuck
    That should have read /usr/sbin rather than /usr/bin. If you don't have /usr/sbin I think your link may need to go in either /bin or /sbin in root (not "root" user)

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