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Old 3rd June 2008, 08:43 PM
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How to Change Firefox Alias or any Alias?


I'm running Fedora 9, but that's unrelated. I want to know how do I change the link "firefox" to my latest version of firefox.

F9 shipped with Firefox 3 Beta 5. I downloaded and stored Firefox 3 rc1 at /usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/. When I do "which firefox" it prints /usr/bin/firefox - understandable. So; I did:
alias firefox=/usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/firefox
ln -s firefox /usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/firefox
I don't fully understand the ln command, but either way it didn't work.

Besides that I tried to install Flash player (rpm) and it installed it to work for /usr/bin/firefox, but not for my other firefox. I'm lost. Thanks.
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Old 3rd June 2008, 09:18 PM
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I wouldn't bother with the alias stuff. For the symlink, as root
rm /usr/bin/firefox
ln -s /usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/firefox /usr/bin/
That removes the original firefox symlink and creates a new one in its place pointing to your new install.
The ln command is better understood once you grasp that the first path is to the binary you want to link to and that the second path is where you want the symlink to reside. If you only specify a folder (i.e. /usr/bin) then the name of the symlink automatically takes the name of the target file, or you can specify the same or different name for the symlink in the second path argument. Make sense now?

Also, any menu items that call up FF also would need to be edited to point to the new install. And you'll need to create new symlinks to your FF plugin binaries in the /usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/plugins directory (check to see if that is the correct path) or just copy the ones from the previous install of FF using the '-P' option

cp -P /path/to/old/FF/plugins/* /usr/local/share/applications/firefox-3.0rc1/plugins
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