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When I enter firefox on the command line, Linux returns "No display specified". So I type export DISPLAY=:0.

When I next repeat the above firefox command, Linux returns "Unable to draw". What does this error mean and how can I correct it? Am I missing some application for use with Firefox? Thanks for your help.


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Why are you trying to use the terminal? If you are using a system with a GUI, you may use the following command:


However, if you have no GUI, you'll either need to install the GUI version, or use


and nano to read the HTML you get. Not sure why you want this, though.

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