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Subject  :  Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  teitoku
Date  :  30 Nov, 2006 on 11:26
I'm trying to install my first app on eCS 1.1 and I'm stuck. I went to the warpzilla site, got firefox 2.0 compiled for os/2 in a zip file. I unzipped it, tried to run firefox.exe and just got a window of file settings. Read the readme, saw I needed gcc/libc5 so I went to that german site that makes them, downloaded and installed into C:\ecs\dll, C:\os2\dll, and C:\desktop\firefox\ (where the .exe resides). Now when I try to run firefox.exe, the hdd churns for a second or two, and then nothing happens. What did I do wrong?

Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  Jan-Erik jan-erik@os2ug.se
Date  :  30 Nov, 2006 on 12:44

teitoku (30 Nov, 2006 11:26):
Read the readme, saw I needed gcc/libc5 so I went to that german site that makes them, downloaded and installed into C:\ecs\dll, C:\os2\dll, and C:\desktop\firefox\ (where the .exe resides). Now when I try to run firefox.exe, the hdd churns for a second or two, and then nothing happens. What did I do wrong?

Taken from Weilbacher.org ( http://weilbacher.org/Mozilla/builds.html )

This depends on libc061.dll ( ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip ) which you need to download and install before starting it the first time.

Place it in the C:\eCS\dll or C:\OS2\dll sub directory

If you encounter such problems as you describe, try to start the app from the command-line as it may output some messages telling you what it expect to find but can't load.

Weilbacher has some really nice builds there especially the unofficial versions of Firefox and Thunderbird tailored for OS/2 and eCS.


The Minefiled build of Firefox 3.0 on Mozilla.org that I downloaded the other week run better on my PII 400Mhz than other versions I use on newer and faster machines with more ram etc.

MfG / Wkr / Mvh
//Jan-Erik


Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  teitoku
Date  :  01 Dec, 2006 on 22:46

Jan-Erik (30 Nov, 2006 12:44):
Taken from Weilbacher.org ( http://weilbacher.org/Mozilla/builds.html )

This depends on libc061.dll ( ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip ) which you need to download and install before starting it the first time.
Place it in the C:\eCS\dll or C:\OS2\dll sub directory


Yep, done that. Is that what they mean by 'install' though? This weilbacher site you mentioned is pretty clear that just unpacking it is not installing it, but doesn't give any more info than that.



If you encounter such problems as you describe, try to start the app from the command-line as it may output some messages telling you what it expect to find but can't load.


Yes, I'm still seeing those same problems with this weilbacher build. Starting from a command line just makes the command prompt disappear for a second while the hard drive churns, then it reappears. Just like with the warpzilla builds.


Weilbacher has some really nice builds there especially the unofficial versions of Firefox and Thunderbird tailored for OS/2 and eCS.

The Minefiled build of Firefox 3.0 on Mozilla.org that I downloaded the other week run better on my PII 400Mhz than other versions I use on newer and faster machines with more ram etc.

MfG / Wkr / Mvh
//Jan-Erik



Neato, I'll have to look into that because I have a K6-2 400MHz.


Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  Jan-Erik jan-erik@os2ug.se
Date  :  05 Dec, 2006 on 21:33
And there's no improvement if you try to get it to show you the profile it use either?
type

firefox -ProfileManager

at the command prompt

please also have a look @

http://www.os2bbs.com/os2news/Warpzilla.html

for more information regarding your problem...
I think I've had it too and !Run may have solved it for me.

You can put these entries in config.sys (or in separate .cmd-file if you try to use other moz-apps)
SET MOZILLA_HOME=C:\Home\Default
SET MOZ_PLUGIN_PATH=C:\Programs\firefox\plugins

mvh / Wkr / MfG
//Jan-Erik


Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  warpcafe warpcafe@yahoo.de
Date  :  05 Dec, 2006 on 23:34

teitoku (01 Dec, 2006 22:46):
Is that what they mean by 'install' though? This weilbacher site you mentioned is pretty clear that just unpacking it is not installing it, but doesn't give any more info than that.

Yes, that's how to "install" it. The missing "more information" is: Basically, the files contained in the .zip only need to be placed in a directory that is part of the LIBPATH (setting in config.sys) or in the exe's path (the firefox directory). And that's why extraction isn't enough: You need to copy/move the files to the right place.
(BTW: This is stated in the readme.txt, not directly on the website)

Please check if you have a file named "popuplog.os2" (or some name that is similar to this - I don't remember...) in the root directory of your ecs boot drive. It might contain additional information for each unsuccessful launch of firefox... but with no warranty. I'm just guessing.

Greetings
Thomas


Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  Dobber
Date  :  06 Dec, 2006 on 03:38
As others stated: Check your popuplog.os2 file. I bet you have a SYS3175 error.

make sure you add a . (period) as one of the first entries in your LIBPATH in your config.sys

This will cause any program to search the current directory for DLLs before looking through the other directories.

i.e. LIBPATH=.;c:\os2\dll;c:\ecs\dll ... etc.

Hope this helps.


Subject  :  Re:Help the newb install firefox 2.0
Author  :  El Vato
Date  :  15 Dec, 2006 on 15:38

Jan-Erik (30 Nov, 2006 12:44):

teitoku (30 Nov, 2006 11:26):
Read the readme, saw I needed gcc/libc5 so I went to that german site that makes them, downloaded and installed into C:\ecs\dll, C:\os2\dll, and C:\desktop\firefox\ (where the .exe resides). Now when I try to run firefox.exe, the hdd churns for a second or two, and then nothing happens. What did I do wrong?

Taken from Weilbacher.org ( http://weilbacher.org/Mozilla/builds.html )

This depends on libc061.dll ( ftp://ftp.netlabs.org/pub/gcc/libc-0.6.1-csd1.zip ) which you need to download and install before starting it the first time.

Place it in the C:\eCS\dll or C:\OS2\dll sub directory


...er, actually firefox 2.0 depends on libc05.dll --just to verify it, I renamed libc05.dll to libc05.dllBAK and copied the libc06.dll to the directory were firefox 2.0 resides, see:

http://www.chingonazo.com/noLibc05butLib06.JPG


Jan-Erik (30 Nov, 2006 12:44):
If you encounter such problems as you describe, try to start the app from the command-line as it may output some messages telling you what it expect to find but can't load.

I even tried renaming the file from the original libc06.dll to libc05.dll, see:

http://www.chingonazo.com/noLibc05butRenamedLib06.JPG

It was not until I renamed libc05.dllBAK to libc05.dll that I was able to execute the firefox 2.0 browser:

http://www.chingonazo.com/noLibc06onlyLib05.JPG


Jan-Erik (30 Nov, 2006 12:44):
Weilbacher has some really nice builds there especially the unofficial versions of Firefox and Thunderbird tailored for OS/2 and eCS.

On the other hand, for a beginner those unofficial versions may only cause frustration. As an example, earlier I updated my older version of Seamonkey with the zipped file: < http://www.aip.de/People/PWeilbacher/WO/Mozilla/Gecko1808/seamonkey-1.0.6.en-US.os2.unoff.update.zip >
and it locked my OS/2 environment once I executed the unofficially updated Seamonkey executable.

Quite possibly I have something that Weilbacher did not have in his test machine(s); notwithstanding, after I rebooted my machine (yes, it locked to the point of not responding to mouse and/or keyboard) I downloaded the official 1.0.6 Seamonkey version, placed the libc05.dll in the directory and Seamonkey executed with no problem...

Cheers !


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