Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /opt?

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Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /opt?

Postby ant » 2017-09-06 16:10

I barely have any free disk space in my oldstable (Jessie) Debian's box's 115 GB SSD/sda's /opt partition. :( I do have other partitions that have more room though like another HDD (sdb). I used the official package from Debian.org servers.

Thank you in advance. :)
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Re: Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /

Postby wizard10000 » 2017-09-06 16:31

The answer you got on /r/debian was a pretty good one - for our studio audience it was to use a bind mount or a symlink to put /opt somewhere else :mrgreen:
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 17:32

wizard10000 wrote:The answer you got on /r/debian was a pretty good one - for our studio audience it was to use a bind mount or a symlink to put /opt somewhere else :mrgreen:
Yeah, but it didn't work.

With my empty /opt intact after apt-get uninstalling google-chrome-stable, I did a "sudo ln -s /home/google/ google". And then I did an apt-get install google-chrome-stable, but it still installed into my /opt and took away my symbol link! :(

What did I do wrong?
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Postby wizard10000 » 2017-09-06 18:00

ant wrote:...What did I do wrong?


Probably nothing. I'd move it now and then create the symlink :)
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 18:03

wizard10000 wrote:
ant wrote:...What did I do wrong?


Probably nothing. I'd move it now and then create the symlink :)

So what happens when I do another install and upgrade? I would lose them. What I did do was remove the old version /opt/google to another location, and then upgraded v60 to v61 successfully. I still would like to put Chrome's installation somewhere else! I lost 30% of disk space because of Chrome!
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Re: Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /

Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-09-06 18:23

Post by ant » What did I do wrong?


I don't use Google Chrome, that is the best way to avoid the consequences.
It has a tendency to do what it wants, not what the user wants.






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Re: Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /

Postby ant » 2017-09-06 19:32

GarryRicketson wrote:
Post by ant » What did I do wrong?


I don't use Google Chrome, that is the best way to avoid the consequences.
It has a tendency to do what it wants, not what the user wants.






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Yeah, that's dumb. I wished Google didn't have to use hard paths! Without Chrome (uninstalled), there is no /opt. Why the frak does it need to make an /opt for its Chrome? Sheesh!
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Postby GarryRicketson » 2017-09-06 19:50

Probably you would / will need to ask the Chrome developers about that,
by ant »Why the frak does it need to make an /opt for its Chrome?

There are many reasons people do use Chrome, "Google Chrome", it is very popular.
Sorry, I don't know of a solution , besides not using it.
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 19:56

GarryRicketson wrote:Probably you would / will need to ask the Chrome developers about that,
by ant »Why the frak does it need to make an /opt for its Chrome?

There are many reasons people do use Chrome, "Google Chrome", it is very popular.
Sorry, I don't know of a solution , besides not using it.
Yeah, it sucks. I don't like using Chrome as well. I am a SeaMonkey (same Gecko as Firefox's) user. At least Firefox and SeaMonkey don't need to use /opt. ;)
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Re: Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /

Postby Bulkley » 2017-09-06 20:07

Why not use Chromium? It's in the Debian repository so it shouldn't cause so much angst.
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 20:17

Bulkley wrote:Why not use Chromium? It's in the Debian repository so it shouldn't cause so much angst.
Because not everyone uses it? I just need plain Chrome for testing purposes to pretend I am a regular Chrome user. :P
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Postby Danielsan » 2017-09-06 21:21

Is Chromium worth to be considered as alternative to Chrome?
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 21:42

Danielsan wrote:Is Chromium worth to be considered as alternative to Chrome?
Well, I want to be same as general users are using for Chrome. Like Firefox instead of SeaMonkey.
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Re: Install and use Google Chrome without using my limited /

Postby NFT5 » 2017-09-06 22:28

If you just want to be like everyone else, why have a separate partition for /opt? For 99% of users this is unnecessary.

From a user's perspective there is little difference between Chrome and Chromium. Add Flash, change the icon and the name and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
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Postby ant » 2017-09-06 22:37

NFT5 wrote:If you just want to be like everyone else, why have a separate partition for /opt? For 99% of users this is unnecessary.

From a user's perspective there is little difference between Chrome and Chromium. Add Flash, change the icon and the name and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
My Debian installation didn't come with an /opt because when I uninstalled its Chrome, its /opt went away. Google is adding it in its install with apt-get command. :(

As for Chromium, doesn't it also change some settings too? Are the user agents the same? SeaMonkey and Firefox don't use the same user agents and I run into issues with SeaMonkey that worked fine in Firefox.
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