AIX Firefox Installation

Overview
          Mozilla Firefox for AIX is an Open Source Web Browser. It delivers helpful new features and continues to lead the way in on-line security. It implements technologies like the Gecko layout engine, and supports Web standards or draft standards like HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, DOM, and many more .

Version of Firefox
Mozilla Firefox with version 3.5.13.1 can be installed in AIX 5.3 and later.

Installation Procedure

The following rpm s are the pre requisites for Firefox(64 bit). These packages will be available from the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications CD/DVD. Before installing the prerequisites check the availability of 150MB free space on the /opt file system.
atk-1.12.3-2.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
cairo-1.8.8-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
expat-2.0.1-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
fontconfig-2.4.2-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
freetype2-2.3.9-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
gettext-0.10.40-6.aix5.1.ppc.rpm
glib2-2.12.4-2.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
gtk2-2.10.6-4.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
libjpeg-6b-6.aix5.1.ppc.rpm
libpng-1.2.32-2.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
libtiff-3.8.2-1.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
pango-1.14.5-4.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
xcursor-1.1.7-3.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
xft-2.1.6-5.aix5.1.ppc.rpm
xrender-0.9.1-3.aix5.2.ppc.rpm
zlib-1.2.3-3.aix5.1.ppc.rpm
pixman-0.12.0-3.aix5.2.ppc.rpm

Copy the above packages to the directory /tmp/firefox from the Cd/DVD
# cd /tmp/firefox
# rpm –Uvh *.rpm
If you receive any message saying that any of the above package is installed already then use the –force option to reinstall it as below.
# rpm -Uvh --force *.rpm
Install the lpp Firefox.base.rte
Get the file Firefox.base.tar.gz from the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications CD/DVD to /tmp directory
# cd /tmp
# gzip -cd Firefox.base.tar.gz | tar -xvf -         This command will create a directory /tmp/Firefox and it contains the following files.
Firefox.base
download-prerequisites.sh
README.install
.toc


Install  the lpp from the directory /tmp/Firefox through smitty.
# smitty install    à Install software    and select the options as below.
* INPUT device / directory for software              /tmp/Firefox
* SOFTWARE to install                                [_all_latest]                                          +                                                                                                      
  PREVIEW only? (install operation will NOT occur)    no                                   +                                                                                                                
  COMMIT software updates?                            no                                                   +                                                                                                                 
  SAVE replaced files?                                no                                                                +                                                                                                                   
  AUTOMATICALLY install requisite software?           yes                                                    +                                                                                                                
  EXTEND file systems if space needed?                yes                                            +                                                                                                                   
  OVERWRITE same or newer versions?                   no                                          +                                                                                                                 
  VERIFY install and check file sizes?                no                                                     +                                                                                                                   
  Include corresponding LANGUAGE filesets?            Yes                                    +                                                                                                                     
  DETAILED output?                                    yes                                                               +                                                                                                            
  Process multiple volumes?                           yes                                                       +                                                                                                             
  ACCEPT new license agreements?                      yes                                              +                                                                                                             
  Preview new LICENSE agreements?                     no                                             +                                                                                                                 

 

WPAR Management
      Perform Operation in Global Environment         yes                                      +                                                                                                                 
      Perform Operation on Detached WPARs             no                       +                                                                                                               
          Detached WPAR Names                        [_all_wpars]                                    +                                                                                                       
      Remount Installation Device in WPARs            yes                                          +                                                                                                            
      Alternate WPAR Installation Device             []

Once the software installed successfully through smitty, we will get the following message.


+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+
                                Summaries:
+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Installation Summary
--------------------
Name                        Level           Part        Event       Result
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Firefox.base.rte            3.5.13.1        USR         APPLY       SUCCESS
Firefox.base.adt            3.5.13.1        USR         APPLY       SUCCESS
Firefox.base.rte            3.5.13.1        ROOT        APPLY       SUCCESS

Install the lpp by command mode.
# installp -acQNgXY -d /tmp/Firefox/Firefox.base.rte
# installp -acQNgXY -d /tmp/Firefox/Firefox.base. adt

Confirm the software installed on the server
# lslpp -l |grep Firefox
  Firefox.base.adt          3.5.13.1  COMMITTED  Firefox Development Tools
  Firefox.base.rte          3.5.13.1  COMMITTED  Firefox Web Browser
  Firefox.base.rte          3.5.13.1  COMMITTED  Firefox Web Browser
#


Conclusion
Now we confirmed that the software for web browser “Firefox” is installed on the server. Check whether the program working properly by running the command /usr/bin/firefox
Good luck … J

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    1. You may enable X11 forwarding in SSH and test it. procedure given here.
      https://uxtip.blogspot.com/2019/12/remote-x11-forwarding-to-aix-in-command.html

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