NoOp wrote:
On 03/31/2009 05:17 PM, Daniel wrote:
NoOp wrote:

I'll have to install into /usr/local/ on a test machine. All of my
installs are installed to /home/<user>/Seamonkey or Seamonkey2.

Can I ask why you wish to run as root? That is generally *not*
recommended for any browser/suite.

NoOp, I can sort of remember that the instructions for SM say it must be run as root the first time to finish the installation.

But don't quote me, things do change!!


Nope. There is *no* requirement at all to run SM as root or even to
install in a /usr/local directory. Unfortunately the default install
script is set to /usr/local; there has been considerable discussion in
the past regarding this very issue. All of my systems run SeaMonkey in
~/ and I've encountered no problems with regards to that yet. The only
thing that you need to do is change the install directory when you
initially install - there is a thread here somewhere were I've described
how to do that, if I find time tomorrow I'll see if I can dig it out.

IMO there *never* should be occasion to install SM in a root permissions
based directory/folder. I suspect that this is some type of hangover
from installing system wide. I suppose that there are reasons/instances
where you'd want to install SM on a system-wide basis, however this
should be the exception rather than the rule.

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I found your instructions and I'll try it that way. This way
(/usr/local/seamonkey/) has worked without problems before, using the
...tar.gz file rather than the installer.

Thanks for your help,

p.s. instructions:

Installation with the SeaMonkey Installer

To install SeaMonkey by downloading the SeaMonkey installer, follow
these steps:

*Important!* Backup your existing ~/.mozilla directory before doing any
of the following.

  1. Download the installer file from
(called seamonkey-1.1.11.en-US.linux-i686.installer.tar.gz).

  2. From a terminal, change to the directory that you downloaded the
file to and decompress the archive with the following command:

gunzip -dc sea*.tar.gz | tar -xvf -

     (This places the installer in a subdirectory named
seamonkey-installer: /home/<username>/seamonkey-installer)

  3. Change to the seamonkey-installer directory:

cd ~/seamonkey-installer

and run the installer with the following command:


4. Follow the instructions in the install wizard for installing

SeaMonkey. When you get to the "Please select the setup type you wish to
install" popup, select "Complete" and select "Change" for the
destination directory. Set the directory to /home/<username>/seamonkey
and click OK. That will set a path for /home/<username>/seamonkey and
tell you that the directory does not exist. It will then ask if you want
the installer to create the directory for you, answer yes. Note: do not
use /user/local/seamonkey for the installation location.

  4. To start SeaMonkey:

cd ~/seamonkey

  6. Once you're satified that all is working well, create an
application menu using /home/<username>/seamonkey/seamonkey as the
application command. Icons can be found in:
/home/<username>/seamonkey/chrome/icons/default/ - I recommend using the
seamonkey.png icon.

With that done, you can completely remove the distro version 1.1.9 of

Note: I've modified the above from 'seamonkey1.1.11' to just
'seamonkey'. There is no need to create a directory with the version in
the name as you'll want to use the same directory for SeaMonkey 1.1.12
when it comes out later this month. There is also no need to 'mkdir
seamonkey' as that is done when you use the installer wizard.

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