Everyone should probably not read this

WHY is it stupid that the Mandrake Firefox package uses “mozilla-firefox” to start the web browser instead of just “firefox”? Because every other distribution of Firefox uses just plain ol’ “firefox.” If you download the firefox installer from the Mozilla website, it includes the executable “firefox.” It DOES NOT include “mozilla-firefox.”

If you wanted to start Apple Quicktime from a command prompt you would probably expect to type “quicktime.” If you wanted to start StarOffice (God forbid) from a command line you would probably expect to type “staroffice” and not “sun-staroffice.” If you wanted to start the browser from a command line you would probably expect the command to be “firefox.” Unless we’re in danger of confusing Firefox-the-web-browser with Firefox-the-something else?

What the hell is wrong with Mandrake?

Ok, sorry, I’m done.

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2 Responses to Everyone should probably not read this

  1. Why have one or the other when you could have both?

    grim@cloak:~$ whereis firefox
    firefox: /usr/bin/firefox /usr/share/man/man1/firefox.1.gz
    grim@cloak:~$ whereis mozilla-firefox
    mozilla-firefox: /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox /etc/mozilla-firefox /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox /usr/share/man/man1/mozilla-firefox.1.gz
    grim@cloak:~$ ls -l /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox
    lrwxr-xr-x 1 root root 30 2005-04-05 15:02 /usr/bin/mozilla-firefox -> ../lib/mozilla-firefox/firefox
    grim@cloak:~$

    On debian of course :P

    • Re: Why have one or the other when you could have both?

      Whoops, forgot this…

      grim@cloak:~$ ls -l /usr/bin/firefox
      lrwxr-xr-x 1 root root 30 2005-04-05 15:02 /usr/bin/firefox -> ../lib/mozilla-firefox/firefox

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