Update Firefox to

Posted on 2006-05-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have several Linux machines running Firefox, some of them run ver. 1.0.7 and some 1.0.8, but the newer ones are running the newest version.  So, I  am wondering why I can't upgrade.  When I download ver. to the desktop, and double click on it to extract files, I don't know what happens.   It seems to go away.  I guess I need a real basic instruction.

Question by:jbfstplk
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    First, what linux distros and versions are you running? What GUI? If it is KDE, you need to find out where firefox was installed to. Normally that will be /usr/lib/firefox-Version. You'll probably also see the old versions here and those will still be linked to your desktop. You will now just have make a new link in KDE which points the firefox file where it got installed to.

    Of course if you are using a linux distro which works with a proper packet manager like debian (apt-get), gentoo (emerge) or fedora-core (redhat/CentOS etc, the utility yum), you can use these tools to do the update for you automatically. I wouldn't just update firefox, but whatever else is updatable to.
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    since they went to 1.5 and newer, firefox no longer needs an installation program. you simply untar and then run.

    so copy the files to where you want firefox installed, and then untar the archive. You'll also want to update your pointers in KDE or GNOME or whatever other window manager you are using to point to the new location of the firefox binary.
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    Sorry I have taken so long.  First, the problem is with Fedora Core 4 running GNOME.  There are two icons in the panel, the standard web browser (running Firefox 1.0.7) and the Firefox icon, also running 1.0.7.  The two machines running CentOS 4.2 with Firefox installed, have been updated to ver  (The CentOS machines originally had been upgraded to, but a pop-up offered the update and installed itself).

    Finally, I appologize for being so new to Linux, but I really like most everything about it, and want more help.  Thanks again.

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    For your Fedora Core 4:

    0. mkdir /tmp/firefox; cd /tmp/firefox

    1. wget

    2. sudo rpm -Uvh fedora-rpmdevtools-1.1-1.fc4.noarch.rpm

    3. fedora-buildrpmtree

    4. wget

    5. cp *.gz *.desktop *.png ~/rpmbuild/SOURCES/
        cp *.spec ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/
        rpmbuild -ba ~/rpmbuild/SPECS/firefox.spec

    6. sudo rpm -Uvh ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/i386/firefox-*.rpm

    7. If you get dependency error for, type following command to resolve the dependency:
        sudo yum install

    8. Copy the ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/i386/firefox-*.rpm to other Fedora Core 4 machine, say in /tmp/firefox-*.rpm . Then
        sudo rpm -Uvh /tmp/firefox-*.rpm

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