Introduction to Firefox

Firefox is a stand-alone browser based on the Mozilla codebase.

Package information

Installation of Firefox

The configuration of Firefox is very similar to Mozilla-1.7.5 and hence the options are not discussed. Refer to the Mozilla-1.7.5 instructions for explanations and additional configuration information.

Compile and install Firefox by running the following commands:

export MOZILLA_OFFICIAL="1" &&
export BUILD_OFFICIAL="1" &&
export MOZ_PHOENIX="1" &&
./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --with-default-mozilla-five-home=/usr/lib/firefox-1.0 \
            --with-user-appdir=.firefox \
            --with-system-zlib \
            --with-system-png \
            --enable-application=browser \
            --enable-default-toolkit=gtk2 \
            --enable-extensions=all,-typeaheadfind \
            --enable-crypto \
            --enable-xft \
            --enable-xinerama \
            --enable-optimize \
            --enable-reorder \
            --enable-strip \
            --enable-cpp-rtti \
            --enable-single-profile \
            --disable-freetype2 \
            --disable-accessibility \
            --disable-debug \
            --disable-tests \
            --disable-logging \
            --disable-pedantic \
            --disable-installer \
            --disable-mailnews \
            --disable-ldap \
            --disable-composer \
            --disable-profilesharing &&

You should add the --with-system-jpeg switch to the configure script if you have libjpeg installed.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -d /usr/include/firefox-1.0/nss &&
cp -Lf dist/private/nss/*.h dist/public/nss/*.h \

To enable multi-user operation, execute the following as the root user:

cd /usr/lib/firefox-1.0 &&
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$PWD" &&
./regxpcom &&
./regchrome &&
touch `find . -name *.rdf`


You should run /usr/bin/firefox once as the root user (or any user with write privileges) to create some necessary additional files in the /usr hierarchy.


Installed Program: firefox
Installed Libraries: Numerous libraries, browser components, plugins, extensions and helper modules installed in /usr/lib/firefox-1.0
Installed Directories: /usr/bin/defaults, /usr/include/firefox-1.0, /usr/lib/firefox-1.0 and /usr/share/idl/firefox-1.0

Short Descriptions


is the next-generation browser from Mozilla.

Last updated on 2005-02-24 11:01:39 -0700