On Thu, May 18, 2006 2:51 pm, Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> Barnaby Scott wrote:
>
>
>> So now I can strat Firefox from an xterm, but 2 things still puzzle me
>> though:
>> 1) Forgive my stupidity, but why can I not start Firefox from the
>> console? Or rather, what could I do to make it do so with a single
>> command?
>
> I'm perfectly willing to be wrong, flamed, and corrected, but my counter
> question (and it seems a good one to me):  how do you expect to run a
> graphical program in a non-graphical environment?

I'm certainly not going to flame or correct you! I'm afraid it shows the
profundity of my ignorance at this stage, but at least I have browser
functionality without rebooting back into Windows now, so looking up
solutions and sorting my own problems just got a whole lot easier. I guess
my beginner's reasoning was something like this: if a program  needs a gui
to work, then maybe it has a mechanism to fire one up when needed, in the
same way it will look for and use whatever libraries or resources it
needs. Oh dear, looks like I have loads more reading to do.

Thanks for your help


>
> If you wish, you could add firefox to your ~/.xinitrc or
> (? .Xresources ?) file, and then firefox would be called when
> you called "startx" to invoke X Windows.
>
>> 2) I thought Firefox wasn't going to start from the xterm, but really
>> it just took ages - far longer than I am used to with my old OS (same
>> machine). Is there something I am missing here too?
>
> I couldn't say.  I've used firefox, and more often the entire Mozilla
> suite (which is now 'Seamonkey').  It probably starts slower and hangs more
> often than any other program I run on FreeBSD, (with the possible
> exception of the "xrayswarm" screen saver) but I can't say why or that
> I've even done much investigating.  I did build a 'debug' version
> of Seamonkey last time, but I've not yet done anything with it.  FWIW, it
> seems a tad less prone to some of the behavior I saw with Mozilla (which
> seems strange, perhaps).
>
> Of course, I use it heavily, so perhaps that characterization is
> flawed.
>
> Kevin Kinsey
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