Opening URL from command line fails if installation directory not in $PATH




10 years ago
8 years ago


(Reporter: mark, Unassigned)


Firefox Tracking Flags

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(Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2011-1-1])



10 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1) Gecko/20090624 Firefox/3.5
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1) Gecko/20090624 Firefox/3.5

I installed Mozilla's firefox package into /usr/src/firefox, then made a symlink from /usr/bin/firefox to /usr/src/firefox/firefox. However, I then found that running something like "firefox" (with firefox already running; haven't tested otherwise) opened an empty firefox window instead of opening the URL in a new tab. I tried making symlinks for firefox-bin and as well with no change. Removing the symlinks and adding /usr/src/firefox to my $PATH variable fixed the problem. However, I would prefer not to have random non-executable files in my path, so I believe this should be addressed. If there is a more sensible method of installing firefox, I didn't find any instructions that contradict my approach. I'm using Mozilla's package instead of gentoo's because I've heard it's compiled with profile-guided optimization.

Reproducible: Always
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Whiteboard: [CLOSEME 2011-1-1]
No reply, INCOMPLETE. Please retest with Firefox 3.6.13 or later and a new profile ( If you continue to see this issue with the newest firefox and a new profile, then please comment on this bug.
Last Resolved: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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