Java Runtime Environment or Java Development Kit
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Quicktime for Windows
Before you start
Download the latest versions of the above software... when downloading xanim make sure you get all the added dlls etc
To save continual shifts in the directory you execute mozilla from I name the install directory /usr/local/mozillaX where x is a number that increments each time I upgrade to the latest mozilla version and then I sym-link back to it.
Firstly decide where you are going to put mozilla
RedHat installs it in /usr/lib/mozilla
But you can put it anywhere for the purposes of this example I will use /usr/local/mozillaX
Run the follwing on your mozilla archive or the installer as I have used here
tar zxvf mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-1.0rc1-installer.tar.gzWhen installing mozilla the only stuff you need is the navigator and the psm (personal security manager) you can drop all the other stuff if you don't use it. You may want mail though
Then symlink your install dir to /usr/local/mozilla using the following command
ln -sf /usr/local/mozillaX /usr/local/mozilla
This is so you can download a new version every week and then just re symlink to /usr/local/mozilla and you don't have to do any hacking of the /usr/bin/mozilla file once you have adjusted it (see next step) to point to your /usr/local/mozilla dir
Open your /usr/bin/mozilla script file that should have come with the original Linux install and change any mentions of the original mozilla install location to the new sym-link /usr/local/mozilla/. I used gedit to do a find and replace as there are a lot of references to replace.
This takes care of your basic mozilla install now all the plugins and new functionality needs to be added
Support Applications and Plugins Install
Install flash playertar zxvf flash_linux.tar.gz
cp libflashplayer.so ShockwaveFlash.class /usr/local/mozilla/plugins/
Install Xanimtar -zxvf xanim2801.tar.gz
cp xanim /usr/local/bin
There are a heap of modules that go with xanim download them, untar them and run
mkdir -p /usr/local/xanim/mods ( -p nifty option for mkdir says make parent dirs as needed. The things you learn)
cp vid*.xa /usr/local/xanim/mods
xanim looks for the modules in the above dir save hassles and put them there
xanim is used by plugger for many of it's video and picture formats
xanim itself depends on other applications to provide it's video rendering
To find out what other apps need to be installed look at the xanim website. There are notes on what applications are needed by xanim in order to function and links to most of them
A lot of the applications needed by xanim are already installed and if you don't need to view some types of /images/sounds you may not have to install any extra apps
Install Acrobat, JRE or JDK
Install RealPlayerI think in RedHat this is already installed
Do a locate realplay to check
Download the files from the above link two choices are rpm and tar.gz choose whatever tickles your huckle berries...
Then run the following commands.
ln -sf /usr/local/Acrobat4/Browsers/intellinux/nppdf.so /usr/local/mozilla/plugins/nppdf.so
ln -sf /usr/java/j2sdk1.4.0/jre/plugin/i386/ns610/libjavaplugin_oji140.so \
ln -sf /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/rpnp.so /usr/local/mozilla/plugins/rpnp.so
Install Wine, the Codeweavers crossover plugin and Quicktime.The older quicktime movies are handled by plugger and xanim.
In order to view newer quicktime movies successfully you need to install the windows quicktime player... Linux qt players don't support the latest and proprietary compression algorithms. You won't get an error message either plugger will just show running helper in the status bar and you will get a white screen where the movie should be.
You need wine installed and then you also need the crossover plugin to get quicktime to work with mozilla. You have to pay for the crossover plugin from codeweavers.
The demo version is total nagware so I would only bother with it if I was going to test it for buying. If you want to check it out I have a SxS for this process also click here
You could also install the latest quicktime player in wine and just enter the url you transfer from mozilla if you don't wish to purchase crossover.
Install Pluggertar zxvf plugger-4.0-linux-x86-glibc.tar.gz
cp plugger.so /usr/local/mozilla/plugins
cp pluggerrc /etc/pluggerrc
cp plugger-4.0 /usr/bin
To find out which apps are needed by Plugger look in /etc/pluggerrc and if you find it is jibberish run man plugger and it will help you decipher it.
Edit /etc/pluggerrc to remove mimetypes associated with other plugins
If you install a plugin such as Acrobat Reader (nppdf.so), RealPlayer (rpnp.so) that also has it's mime-type listed in /etc/pluggerrc there is a chance that mozilla will launch that mime-type using plugger.so instead of the correct native plugin.
To check if plugger is running when it shouldn't look at the status bar at the bottom left of the mozilla screen it will say "running helper..." if plugger is trying to launch an app.
To fix this comment out the lines relating to these mime-types in /etc/pluggerrc as noted in the following fragment. You must do this before you launch mozilla for the first time and it registers all the plugins.
# audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin:rpm:Realaudio-plugin resource locator
# exits nokill: realplay "$file"
# application/pdf: pdf: PDF file
# application/x-pdf: pdf: PDF file
# text/pdf: pdf: PDF file
# text/x-pdf: pdf: PDF file
# repeat swallow(documentShell) fill: acroread -geometry +9000+9000 -xrm '*userFrontEndProgram: FALSE' "$file"
# repeat swallow(gv) fill: gv -safer -quiet -antialias -geometry +9000+9000 "$file" 2>/dev/null
# repeat swallow(xpdf) fill: xpdf -g +9000+9000 -err "$file"
If you have already launched mozilla and you want to change the plugger.so mimetype registrations do the following
mv /usr/local/mozilla/plugins/plugger.so /somewhere/not/in/the/plugin/search/path
launch mozilla (it will rescan the plugins dir, note the absence of plugger.so and update its plugins list)
edit /etc/pluggerrc to remove the offending mime-types and then save it
mv plugger.so /usr/local/mozilla/plugins
launch mozilla again and note that the mime-type is no longer handled by plugger.
If anyone knows the file that mozilla stores it's plugin registrations in drop me an email at the address below.
To check your mime-type to plugin registrations choose the Help --> About Plugins menu item.
Plugger has a cool command called swallow which means it launches the application that is called i.e. swallow(wine) and shoves it in the browser window. I found it will launch and swallow wine. I got it to launch wordview.exe inside wine but had difficulty passing a windows style file name to wordview. Again if anyone knows how to pass a URL to wordview via plugger and wine drop me a mail.
Upgrading Mozilla to Latest versionJust repeat the steps in blue
This will install the latest player and relink all your plugins to the latest version
NotesThis SxS was done on RedHat 7.2 paths and installation locations may be different on other distributions