[ILUG] Re: ILUG Digest, Vol 2, Issue 24
Niall O Broin
niall at linux.ie
Sun Dec 11 14:27:13 GMT 2005
On 11 Dec 2005, at 13:59, Keith Hyland wrote:
>> I am using Mandriva 2005 LE Linux and I cannot get it to install at
>> I do a
>> tar -zxvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz
>> and it decompresses an already compiled/installed version ready to
>> run or so
>> it seems into a ./firefox folder.
>> There is no option to install to another directory.
>> Apart from all this it doesn't even run propperly. It aborts with no
>> whatsoever immediatly.
>> Any idea how I can get it to go into the usual
>> /usr/local/bin/firefox/ folder
>> so every account on the machine can use it?
> i would have thought that you need to specify the directory you want
> it to untar into:
> tar -zxvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz /usr/local/bin/
> check the man page for tar?
Check the man page for tar yourself - the above command will try to
extract /usr/local/bin/ from firefox-1.5.tar.gz (and will fail
miserably, because it isn't there). Either
cd /usr/local/bin && tar -zxvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz
tar -zxvCf /usr/local/bin firefox-1.5.tar.gz
will do what you want, though I'd find it a strange place to install
the firefox folder myself (/usr/local/bin is conventionally used to
install locally compiled binaries). A more common place might be
/usr/local, so that you'd end up with Firefox installed in
/usr/local/firefox, and could then either add /usr/local/firefox to the
general path, or create a symlink from /usr/local/firefox/firefox to
Or you could just wait until somebody produces a Mandriva RPM - surely
won't take long.
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