Problems installing Firefox 3

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Problems installing Firefox 3

Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 17:20

Hi All,

Got a few problems installing Firefox 3.

First of all it says that I need GTK+ V2.10 or better.

So i downloaded the package and when I run the configure it stops and says the following message.

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checking for BASE_DEPENDENCIES... configure: error: The pkg-config script could not be found or is too old.  Make sure it
is in your PATH or set the PKG_CONFIG environment variable to the full
path to pkg-config.


So I have downloaded the pkg-config but haven't a clue about how to install.

Can anyone help me please.

Thanks

Steve
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Postby berarma » 2008-11-07 17:24

First, you're not installing Firefox3, you're building it. You could have downloaded the binary packages and just run.

You'll need the pkg-config package and others that you'll discover gradually.
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Postby rickh » 2008-11-07 17:25

Debian doesn't use Firefox, Iceweasel replaces it. Even worse, I suspect you're trying to install programs in Etch from outside repositories. You need to learn a few basics about Debian before you waste your time and ours trying to change it.
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Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 17:38

OK Thanks for your replies.

The reason I am tring to install firefox is because Iceweasel says it needs the flash plugin installed, I have downloaded the plugin but not sure how to put it into iceweasel?

Thanks

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Postby berarma » 2008-11-07 17:41

Again, you shouldn't be trying to compile Firefox, there are binary packages ready to use.

Better use iceweasel and install the flashplugin-nonfree package, it will install flash for you. I think this package is in the multimedia repository. By installing Firefox you'd still need the flash plugin.
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Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 17:50

OK,

I opened Iceweasel, went to a page that requires flash and it popped up asking if I wanted to install the adobe flash plugin. I clicked yes, it downloaded the plugin and installed it and informed me that I must restart the browser.

So I closed all browsers and reopened it. Went to a page that required flash and the same thing happened again.

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Postby berarma » 2008-11-07 18:02

Please read and whatever you don't understand ask.
berarma wrote:Better use iceweasel and install the flashplugin-nonfree package, it will install flash for you. I think this package is in the multimedia repository. By installing Firefox you'd still need the flash plugin.
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Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 18:13

OK I tried to install the flash-nonfree plugin with the following in terminal

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apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree


But got this back

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Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Package flashplugin-nonfree is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package flashplugin-nonfree has no installation candidate


Not sure what it means.

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Postby rickh » 2008-11-07 18:16

Not sure what it means.

Part of being a Debian user means figuring some things out on your own. All the information you need is already in this thread.
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Postby izar » 2008-11-07 18:18

flashplugin-nonfree was removed from the official etch repositories and the package you now have to install to get flash working with iceweasel is flashplayer-mozilla which is available from the multimeda repositories. The site offers detailed information on how to add the repositories and then install packages stored there.
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Postby garrincha » 2008-11-07 18:20

StevenD wrote:OK I tried to install the flash-nonfree plugin with the following in terminal

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apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree


But got this back

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Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Package flashplugin-nonfree is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package flashplugin-nonfree has no installation candidate


Not sure what it means.

Thanks


You need to have Debian-Multimedia repo in your /etc/apt/sources.list. Add this to your sources.list:
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deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main
deb-src http://www.debian-multimedia.org lenny main

If you use "etch", replace "lenny".
Get the GPG keys:
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# gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 1F41B907
# gpg --armor --export 1F41B907 | apt-key add -

Update and install:
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# apt-get update
# apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree


IIRC, Lenny doesn't have "flashplugin-nonfree", however you can use "flashplayer-mozilla which is the same thing.
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Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 18:22

Thanks for your help berarma.

And also thank you izar for pointing me in the right direction.

rickh - I hope that if you are ever new to something and you go to a forum for help that people are a little more helpful towards you, than you have been to me.
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Postby StevenD » 2008-11-07 18:24

thanks garrincha.
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Postby anarchyinc666 » 2008-11-07 18:33

StevenD,

You are over complicating things. You might not have access to non-free resourses. For that you will need to edit your sources.list file to include non-free and contrib.

# Typical file to track testing while keeping eye on unstable

# Standard Debian binary archives in USA
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
# Standard Debian binary archives in non-USA
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

# Standard Debian source archives in USA
#deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
#deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
# Standard Debian source archives in non-USA
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

# Security Debian binary archive
# deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
# Security Debian source archive
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free



Stable=Etch
Testing=Lenny
Unstable=Sid

The rest has already been explained to you.
http://wiki.debian.org/FlashPlayer
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Postby rickh » 2008-11-07 18:59

anarchyinc666 wrote:StevenD,

You are over complicating things. ...

#Typical file to track testing while keeping eye on unstable

# Standard Debian binary archives in USA
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
# Standard Debian binary archives in non-USA
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

# Standard Debian source archives in USA
#deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
#deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ testing main non-free contrib
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib
# Standard Debian source archives in non-USA
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US unstable/non-US main contrib non-free

# Security Debian binary archive
# deb http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free
# Security Debian source archive
# deb-src http://security.debian.org/ stable/updates main contrib non-free


Talk about over-complicating things. That sources.list is a piece of total junk.
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