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Old 08-10-2008, 12:25 PM   #1
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Desktop doesn't like my program.


Remember I'm a Linux newbie so please be kind! Ok I've downloaded the Linux version of a scanner program called Vuescan. I unpacked it in my download folder and moved it to my home folder. I then copied the executable to my desktop. Before the program opens I get this window:
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vuescan.dat not found.

1) Make sure vuescan.dat is in same directory as vuescan
2) Make sure you're starting VueScan with an absolute path name
3) Make sure you aren't using soft links


I'm ok, I think, with 1 and 2. Don't know what #3 means.

After closing this window and in about 5 seconds the program will open and function normally. I know what I'm doing may be the "outlaw" way of installing a program...but I installed Thunderbird this way...I've slept since then. Any input will be appreciated but be kind...I'm an ole geezer and very sensitive! ;-)

Using Suse 11 on hard drive
KDE 3.9

Linux user for 2 weeks now!
 
Old 08-10-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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Basically when you download the file called vuesca84.tgz you want to extract it to a subdirectory called vuesca84 (i.e. in Konqueror/Dolphin right-click on vuesca84.tgz, choose 'actions', then 'extract to subdirectory'). You will end up with 4 files in that directory (among them vuescan and vuescan.dat). vuescan is an executable script that expects vuescan.dat to be in the same folder that it is. Just open terminal and run './vuescan' in directory vuesca84 and everything should work.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 01:20 PM   #3
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I just googled "Vuescan": It looks like stuff you have to PAY for.

This is linux, and we prefer not to pay for software

Have you looked at kooka? It handles all my scanning requirements perfectly, and is probably in your distro's repositories, so it'll be a 2-click install.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 01:34 PM   #4
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I just googled "Vuescan": It looks like stuff you have to PAY for.

This is linux, and we prefer not to pay for software

Have you looked at kooka? It handles all my scanning requirements perfectly, and is probably in your distro's repositories, so it'll be a 2-click install.
I know....but forgive me. I paid for Vuescan back when Ed Hamick was just getting started back in the 90's. I've used it since then so I'm very familiar with the program and with the learning curve of Linux being what it is....any thing with a familiar face is extremely comfortable. However I will check out 'kooka' and see if my scanner likes it.

Thanks for the input.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 01:36 PM   #5
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This is linux, and we prefer not to pay for software
Why is that -- there is commercial software available for Linux, even complete commercial distributions, and there's nothing wrong with using them. Actually, if you have the money, you might be better off paying for your specialized software, or support for it. For example there are free math applications for Linux, but if you need Mathematica or Maple or something like that, you probably end up paying for it or getting the software illegally (in which case you might still end up paying it big time).

There's also XSane, a graphical interface to Sane ("Scanner Access Now Easy"). I use that when I do scanning; it's not necessarily the most pretty-looking thing I've ever seen, but then again, I prefer things that work to things that look good.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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Basically when you download the file called vuesca84.tgz you want to extract it to a subdirectory called vuesca84 (i.e. in Konqueror/Dolphin right-click on vuesca84.tgz, choose 'actions', then 'extract to subdirectory'). You will end up with 4 files in that directory (among them vuescan and vuescan.dat). vuescan is an executable script that expects vuescan.dat to be in the same folder that it is. Just open terminal and run './vuescan' in directory vuesca84 and everything should work.
Here's what's confusing to me now. If I click the .exe inside the directory of the program...it will come up without problem.... trying to create a desktop icon is the snafu. I'm not understanding something here....and it's probably simple.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 02:06 PM   #7
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I'm getting confused. What ".exe inside the directory of the program"? In Linux version there aren't any .exe files!
 
Old 08-10-2008, 02:55 PM   #8
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@ b0uncer,

Quote:
Why is that -- there is commercial software available for Linux, even complete commercial distributions, and there's nothing wrong with using them.
I know, and agree with you, but if there's functional, free software available to use (the OP had not even heard of kooka) why not at least try it before you start paying for commercial stuff ?

I am not an advocate of piracy or leeching (feel free to check my posting history), but I am amazed when linux newbies think they have to pay for everything. They don't, particularly for most simple things (like scanning). And yes, I have contributed /$ / to those developers who I thought deserved my special thanks.

Yes, xsane is clunky (but it works). kooka makes all this easy and is clicky-pretty.

@ 7pack
If you are finding .exe files, you have downloaded the windows version. Go back and download the linux version, or just try kooka.
 
Old 08-10-2008, 02:56 PM   #9
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I'm getting confused. What ".exe inside the directory of the program"? In Linux version there aren't any .exe files!
You think YOU are confused!

While listing all Vuescan files in Konqueror there is a file call Vuescan that is listed as 'executable' file. (Blue 'gear' looking icon/file in KDE and Suse)

Be that as it may.....I finally got an icon on the desktop that points to Vuescan without giving me errors or a complaint. I did it through the KDE Menu Editor. Now if I only can re-produce my 'method' the next time I travel down this road. <sigh>



Thanks to all....
 
Old 08-10-2008, 03:25 PM   #10
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@ b0uncer,





@ 7pack
If you are finding .exe files, you have downloaded the windows version. Go back and download the linux version, or just try kooka.

Everything is working beautifully now....without any problems and the desktop icon is flawless. So I guess I did download the proper version....otherwise this Suse version is very protective of it's newbies and performs miracles in the background....

Many thanks for pointing me in the direction of other scanner programs but I'm gonna hang in with Vuescan for now. I'm very familiar with it and it's superior to any film scanner program I've ever worked with.

Thanks!
 
  


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