[ubuntu-uk] Having problems with making Firefox 3.5 default

Daniel Drummond dmdrummondx at gmail.com
Wed Sep 16 12:32:31 BST 2009


Matt Daubney wrote:
>
> On Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:07:48 +0100, John Matthews <jakewc2 at sky.com> wrote:
>   
>> Matthew Daubney wrote:
>>     
>>> On Wed, 2009-09-16 at 11:18 +0100, John Matthews wrote:
>>>
>>>       
>>>> Daniel Drummond wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         
>>>>> John Matthews wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>           
>>>>>> Daniel Drummond wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>             
>>>>>>>> Hi Dan,
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> thank you for the commands, I got all the way to the last command,
>>>>>>>> adding the 3.5 in, and it says command refused. I think its because
>>>>>>>>                 
>> my
>>     
>>>>>>>> FF3.5 says shiretoko on it.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> John
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>                 
>>>>>>> What does this command output:
>>>>>>> $ ls -l /usr/bin/firefox*
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Dan
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>               
>>>>>> Hi Dan,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> this is what I get
>>>>>>
>>>>>> jakewc2 at jakewc2-laptop:~$ ls -l /usr/bin/firefox*
>>>>>> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 11 2009-09-10 19:52 /usr/bin/firefox ->
>>>>>>             
>> firefox-3.0
>>     
>>>>>> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 31 2009-09-13 17:09 /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 ->
>>>>>> ../lib/firefox-3.5.3/firefox.sh
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>             
>>>>> Looks like you've deleted the symlink for firefox-3.0 now.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>           
>>>>>> That is odd, no mention of shiretoko there, yet when I open it 3.5 it
>>>>>> has shiretoko at the top of the window.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>             
>>>>> The name of the program isn't related to the name in the titlebar,
>>>>>           
>> this
>>     
>>>>> is set by the programmer.  Shiretoko is the codename for the firefox
>>>>>           
>> 3.5
>>     
>>>>> release.
>>>>>
>>>>> What was the actual error message when you tried those commands?  Did
>>>>> you run them with sudo?
>>>>>
>>>>> I have double checked those commands, and none of them should fail. 
>>>>>           
>> You
>>     
>>>>> may need to put your password in when it asks.
>>>>>
>>>>> Ensure you are running them in the correct directory.
>>>>>
>>>>> Dan
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>           
>>>> This is really odd, I tried to open firefox in a terminal by using this
>>>> command firefox %s and it says its not installed, and gives me a
>>>>         
>> command
>>     
>>>> to install it.
>>>>
>>>>         
>>> Hi john,
>>>
>>> Open a terminal, type
>>>
>>> cd /usr/bin
>>>
>>> Then type
>>>
>>> sudo ln -s firefox3.5 firefox-3.0
>>>
>>> That should set 3.5 to the default.
>>>
>>> -Matt Daubney
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>       
>> I just looked at that in the terminal, and the results say
>>
>> ln: creating symbolic link `firefox-3.0': File exists
>>
>> So does that mean its created the symlink for version 3.0 not 3.5?
>>
>> I copied and pasted the commands, btw.
>>
>> John
>>
>>
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>>     
>
> Sorry, my mistake, I misread the output from ls you pasted. The commands
> should have been: 
>   
>>> Open a terminal, type
>>>
>>> cd /usr/bin
>>>
>>> Then type
>>>
>>> sudo ln -s firefox-3.5 firefox
>>>       
>
> Let us know what that returns.
>
> -Matt Daubney
>
>
>   
That would be the command I gave previously then, both today and on 
10/07/09.

Are you typing these into a terminal as suggested, not the run command box?

What you are trying to do is change the *firefox *link in /usr/bin to 
point to *firefox-3.5 *instead of pointing to *firefox-3.0 *.  That way 
when the system wants to run firefox, it will run firefox-3.5 instead of 
firefox-3.0.

Ensure that when you are typing these commands in, that you get the 
numbers in the right order.  For whatever reason, you must have (in 
error) removed the firefox-3.0 link, instead of the firefox link.

Dan



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