Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Update to latest Frefox

There have been some problems getting the default firefox to update on bt4
the reason this seems to not work is that the normal install routine for firefox is to save the firefox script to /opt
When using the firefox updater it looks for the script in /opt and as such it can not find it.
One needs to remember that normal *nix boxes are setup for several users to be able to access and have their own settings for applications saved into a "home" directory. Since BT is designed for one user "root" things are a bit different.
Firefox in bt is saved under /usr/bin/firefox as a symbolic link to /usr/lib/firefox
So if you want to make your firefox install a bit more like a "normal" distro you can follow along.
First download the latest firefox from here

Next grab a shell and back up your bookmarks and settings:

root@dorkbox:~# cp -R ~/.mozilla ~/.mozilla.backup

Now move to the directory containing your new FF

root@dorkbox:~#cd opt


root@dorkbox:/opt/#tar -jxvf firefox-3.0.10tar.bz2


root@dorkbox:/opt/#rm firefox-3.0.10.tar.bz2


root@dorkbox:/opt/#nano /usr/bin/firefox

Find the part that has the following:
and change it to
save and exit.
Then move to /usr/bin/ and change firefox-3.0 to firefox-3.0.old Then rm the old firefox script in the same directory.
(FYI NOTE: The script is called "firefox")
Copy the new firefox script from firefox-3.0.10 to /usr/bin
Then nano /usr/bin/firefox find the line that looks like the following;
moz_libdir=/usr/local/lib/firefox-3.0.5 (it might have been a little different.
Change it to
save and exit.

Now you should be able to enjoy your pr0n from within BT as always.
It should start from a shell, and the panel icon as well as the menu icon.

NOTE: There may be an easier way or better way to do this but it works for me.


Anonymous said...

hey your tutorial for updating firefox is kinda hard to follow. Here is a website where you can update the firefox in BT4 faster. http://forums.remote-exploit.org/backtrack-4-howto/24741-install-firefox-3-5-bt4-pre-final.html

Anonymous said...

Wow hard to follow? Really?
I mean you download a package install it using normal Linux install procedures then you edit a configuration file. Maybe if this is hard you should go back to Windows.
I followed this guide and it worked just fine.