how to install firefox-3.5 on debian etch (updated)

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how to install firefox-3.5 on debian etch (updated)

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#Debian etch notes on setting up firefox-3.5
For those who need a one page solution, I will quote the major steps here:

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1-download latest version of firefox from <http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html>
2-unpack
3. the latest version of the popular browser requires GTK+ 2.10 while Debian Etch contains only 2.8, so we need to 
download i from backports:
 $wget http://apt.linex.org/linex/gtk-2.10/libgtk2.0-0_2.10.13-2%7Ebpo.1_i386.deb
 and then extract it using:
 $ dpkg-deb -x libgtk2.0-0_2.10.13-2~bpo.1_i386.deb gtk2-10
 4.copy the resulting folder inside firefox:
 $sudo cp gtk2-10 /firefox-3.5
5- modify <firefox> file that is inside the folder. we need this step to tell firefox wher to find gtk2-10:
$cd firefox-3.5
$sudo kwrite firefox
after these 2 lines:
#!/bin/sh
#
paste this line:
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="/opt/firefox-3.5/gtk2-10/usr/lib"
save your file and exit your editor.
6.to prevent iceweasel from opening when you launch firefox, just create a new file called ff3 within firefox-3.5
Paste the following content:

—snip—
#!/bin/sh
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=\”/opt/gtk210/lib\”
/opt/firefox-3.5/firefox/firefox -Profile $HOME/.mozilla3 -no-remote $*
—snip—
Make it executable:

$sudo chmod +x ff3

Create your homedir

$ mkdir ~/.mozilla3

Now you can run firefox3 by executing ff3. Create a fitting symlink 

7.now to install it manually to /opt:
$sudo mv -f firefox-3.5 /opt
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ange wrote:3. copy the extracted folder to /usr/local/mozilla (u need to log on as root, and u may need to create the folder mozilla manually
Nice howto. Only /opt is more suitable for copying, I believe.
i prefer this method bc converting rpm to deb using alien didnt work for me,
You can also compile it. This way you can get rid of (or enable) a lot of bloats.

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Only /opt is more suitable for copying, I believe.
Mozilla firefox runs in its own directory; when you extract the archive to your desired folder, it's recommended to follow a consistent management of your binary files. i dont want to mess up with my system so i prefer my home folder to purely include only my personal documents. thanks for posting your reply.
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ange wrote: dont want to mess up with my system so i prefer my home folder to purely include only my personal documents.
Right. Otherwise a big mess can occur.

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Issyer wrote:
You can also compile it. This way you can get rid of (or enable) a lot of bloats.
it's a desirable method; but i couldn't compile due to some missing paths and packages that i have not enough experience to resolve that's why i resorted to the binaries.
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ange wrote:it's a desirable method; but i couldn't compile due to some missing paths and packages that i have not enough experience to resolve that's why i resorted to the binaries.
From my experience FF-2.0 is the nicest. Other ones even the most latest tend to crash too often. I compiled one, though.

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Issyer wrote: From my experience FF-2.0 is the nicest. Other ones even the most latest tend to crash too often. I compiled one, though.
The hive is that FF bugs and vulnerabilities are fixed in every next release. I absolutely agree that FF-2.0 is the most stable.
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i have firefox in ~/applications ... symlink to ~/bin (added to $PATH)
I absolutely agree that FF-2.0 is the most stable.
FF-minefield build 2008021104 here and never crashed :)

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FF 2.0.0.12 keeps crashing on my pc.

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sumtom wrote: FF-minefield build 2008021104 here and never crashed :)
u're lucky FF 2.0.0.12 keeps crashing on my pc.
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