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How To Add Firefox to the Dash to Dock in Gnome SOLVED

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Do I need to make another directory and put the firefox directory in the new directory?
No, I don't think you need to.
You have /opt/firefox/firefox/firefox in the argument in the Desktop Entry like this:
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox/firefox.
Yes, because I noticed file roller created a folder, then extracted the contents into that one. That screenshot of firefox.desktop is the one you're using? Cause I see Exec=/usr/bin/firefox. And for the name, I see Firefox Browser.
 


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Here is the Firefox.desktop file that I changed to reflect exactly what you have.

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The Firefox.desktop in the above screenshot is the one I am using now.
 

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Well, I just tried again, and it stills works for me here just fine.

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This time I just "cded" to the folder created after extraction, then moved the firefox folder inside to /opt, updated the paths in the .desktop file accordingly, so they look now like
Code:
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox
Icon=/opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/firefox.png
Notice that I renamed the icon
Code:
cd /opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/
then did
Code:
sudo mv default48.png firefox.png
searched for Firefox, and there it was, as you can see in the pic above. You could install menulibre - it's only 337kb - and check for errors in the desktop file.

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However, I did it and no errors were found, only the icon was missing

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The icon won't show on the dashboard, tho, but it does show in the "taskbar"

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So, I don't know what else you can do, as you can see it worked for me here. The only 2 things I can think of right now are
1. The theme is Debian's default, while you're using sweet, right?
2. Maybe you could try removing Firefox-esr, so the system only sees the other one.
 

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The Firefox.desktop in the above screenshot is the one I am using now.
And that /opt/firefox/firefox/firefox is correct in your system for both launcher and icon? Check that it is, and if it's not, update it accordingly.
 
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Well, I just tried again, and it stills works for me here just fine.

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This time I just "cded" to the folder created after extraction, then moved the firefox folder inside to /opt, updated the paths in the .desktop file accordingly, so they look now like
Code:
Exec=/opt/firefox/firefox
Icon=/opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/firefox.png
Notice that I renamed the icon
Code:
cd /opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/
then did
Code:
sudo mv default48.png firefox.png
searched for Firefox, and there it was, as you can see in the pic above. You could install menulibre - it's only 337kb - and check for errors in the desktop file.

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However, I did it and no errors were found, only the icon was missing

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The icon won't show on the dashboard, tho, but it does show in the "taskbar"

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So, I don't know what else you can do, as you can see it worked for me here. The only 2 things I can think of right now are
1. The theme is Debian's default, while you're using sweet, right?
2. Maybe you could try removing Firefox-esr, so the system only sees the other one.
Yes, I'm using the sweet folders and the sweet icons.
I removed Firefox ESR completely 3 or so days ago.
 
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My Firefox.desktop file is in /usr/share/applications/Firefox.desktop.

Do I need to move the Firefox.desktop file from where I have it?
 

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From what I can see, the error is telling you that the path: /opt/firefox/firefox/firefox is incorrect, so you need to address that first. I had it like that because, like I said before, Gnome's archive manager tool created an extra folder, but if you don't have that, then the path should be /opt/firefox/firefox for the launcher, and /opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/firefox.png for the icon.
 

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Here is the full path:
/opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default
Rename the icon to firefox.png, otherwise Gnome won't see it:
Code:
cd /opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/
then
Code:
sudo mv default48.png firefox.png
 
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And that /opt/firefox/firefox/firefox is correct in your system for both launcher and icon? Check that it is, and if it's not, update it accordingly.
I edited the Firefox.desktop file to read exactly as you said.
The path is now /opt/firefox/firefox and the icon is now //opt/firefox/browser/chrome/icons/default/firefox.png.

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I looked in /opt and firefox is there, so that's good.
Now, menulibre says that the path is incorrect-

How can I find the path in the terminal if I am wrong?
 
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Should I remove firefox from /opt directory and change the path to /usr/bin/firefox?

Thanks for staying with me Tolkem. It's not easy having PTSD.
 

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Using the terminal I found out that firefox is also in:

/usr/bin/firefox:
That's the symlink you created before, you can remove that. Launch Gnome's file manager in root mode, navigate to /usr/bin, locate firefox and delete it, or via terminal, cd to /usr/bin, and do
Code:
sudo rm firefox
choose whichever method you feel safer/more comfortable with.

Thanks for staying with me Tolkem. It's not easy having PTSD.

No prob bob. :)
 
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Well, I edited my Firefox.desktop file to reflect exactly what you told me to do in post #29 and Firefox does not appear in the Applications Menu.
I'm out of ideas and you?
 
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I just want to interject and point out that this is a pretty darned wholesome thread.

Carry on with your awesomeness.
 
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Well guys I ended up having to install Firefox via flatpak.


After installation via the terminal Firefox was in the Gnome Applications Menu and I was able to add it to my favorites.
Adding it to my favorites placed Firefox in my Dock.

******Firefox is now in my Dash to Dock and I can launch it and it runs properly!******

I still would like to know why (after completing everything correctly the way Tolkem showed me) Firefox would not appear in the Gnome's Applications Menu.


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Glad you found a solution.
I still would like to know why (after completing everything correctly the way Tolkem showed me) Firefox would not appear in the Gnome's Applications Menu.
Yeah, me too.
 
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