installed firefox 54 on ubuntu 16.04. The last command was sudo ln -s /opt/firefox55/firefox-bin /usr/bin/firefox. When I want to run firefox using firefox, it says permission denied. What is the problem? Would the old firefox version works with something likefirefoxold?

  • Could run these to collect some info and add output to the question? which firefox; ls -l /usr/bin/firefox; ls -l /opt/firefox55/firefox-bin – user.dz Aug 2 '18 at 7:20
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    Once agin i extracted tar package & ran "sudo ln -s /opt/firefox54/firefox-bin /usr/bin/firefox". when i run "firefox", it says "cannot execute binary file:Exec format error". which firefox gives: usr/bin/firefox. ls -l /usr/bin/firefox: lrwxrwxrwx root root /usr/bin/firefox->/opt/firefox54/firefox-bin. ls -l /opt/firefox54/firefox-bin gives -rwxr-xr-x crnd crnd /opt/firefox54/firefox-bin – monali Aug 2 '18 at 8:24
  • This is not answering your question, but one thing to consider is to use firefox snap. sudo snap install firefox Much easier – marosg Aug 2 '18 at 8:52
  • You may be interested in installation of ESR version (you will get security updates and it supports legacy addons). See this Q&A. – N0rbert Aug 2 '18 at 10:05

The mistake i did was that i unzipped the tar package in windows machine and then copied the unzipped folder to ubuntu system. I should extract the tar package in ubuntu only. This was my first mistake. And regarding "cannot execute binary file:Exec format error", this was bcause i installed 64bit package of mozilla whereas it is 32-bit OS. THese two things i changed and as of now it works...Incase it helps someone so posting

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