Cannot open firefox 3.5 from launcher

Asked by babelproofreader on 2010-07-23

After having today system updated, when I click on the launcher to open firefox I get this message:- Error, Could not launch application, failed to execute child process "usr/bin/firefox-3.5" (no such file or directory). However, running sudo ln -s /usr/bin/firefox-3.5 in the terminal tells me ln: creating symbolic link `./firefox-3.5': File exists. How do I get the launcher to launch firefox?

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Can you give the output of:

ls /usr/bin/fir*

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Output of ls /usr/bin/fir* is /usr/bin/firefox, which also happens to be highlighted in cyan text colour.

Is that the only output? If so can you give the output of:

file /usr/bin/firefox

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Yes, it is the only output. file /usr/bin/firefox gives /usr/bin/firefox: symbolic link to `../lib/firefox-3.6.7/firefox.sh'

ok you have firefox 3.6 installed in a very weird way but no matter, why are you trying to launch 3.5 when you have 3.6?

I wasn't aware I had 3.6 installed until a few moments ago; it must have been installed as a result of the recent system update. How would I link the launcher to firefox 3.6?

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.7/firefox.sh /usr/bin/firefox-3.6

I have NO idea why you have it installed this way at all. Try this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install firefox-3.6

This will set it up properly for you.

I tried

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install firefox-3.6

but this didn't work: still the same problem with all the previous diagnostics unchanged. However,

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.7/firefox.sh /usr/bin/firefox-3.6

has worked and the launcher works as expected now. I have to say I am very impressed with the speed of your responses. Many thanks.

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.