You need to change the permissions of the directory of searchengines. Use the command ' chmod 777 /usr/lib/firefox-1.0.9a/searchplugins '. The command must be run as root. Also you may need to change firefox-1.0.9a to whatever the directory name is there in /usr/lib if that is where it is installed.
Reason is root is the only one that can make changes to that directory. Running firefox as a user does not allow you to write to that directory. Changing to above permissions allows anyone to write to that directory.
Another way is to su in a terminal to root, start firefox from the command line, and then add the search engines like you are trying to do.
Last edited by Brian1; 6th November 2005 at 10:32 PM.