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I downloaded a driver from my dsl provider for my Linux machine and it says it's a .zip file. When I tried to access it, I got an error message: "sorry, the utility zip is not in your PATH. Please install it."
I searched the man pages and it said that gzip handles zip files.
So does that mean I have zip but it's not installed, or that I don't have it?
Also, the download only took 34 sec over a dial-up so I don't know if I got the whole thing or not. Isn't zip for windows only?
My dsl provider sent me a cd with the software program for my Mac to run the dsl connection. They directed me to their download site for the Linux version of the software.
As I said in the beginning of the thread, I found the man's for gzip, but as a total n00b, I didn't see where it told me how to use it to install the software
I downloaded. I still need help understanding the error message as well.
Sorry, I read your original post too quickly concerning the man pages. Have you tried moving the zip file to an empty directory and doing "gunzip filename to extract the files it contains? One or more of those files will (should?) contain instructions on installing the sofware/driver.
How are you trying to open the file when you get the error concerning zip?
Originally, I was in the Mozilla browser download window and I clicked on a button, which I think said "access", when I got the first error message.
Now, just by dumb luck, I found the file: pppoe-1.310.000.zip this way:
K>quick browser>home directory
When I click on this file, I get the same error message and behind it is an archiver window, which says "no files in current archive".
When I downloaded the file, the full name was: /home/kevin/pppoe-1.310.000.zip.
I don't know how to move it to an empty directory. For all I know /home/kevin IS empty.
Oops! I think you just gzipped the zip file (instead of gunzipping it). You might have to unzip it twice now...
You're on the right track, though. If you're using the archiver app to extract the files, highlight the filename and choose "extract" instead of "open". If that leaves you with a file which has the original filename (pppoe-1.310.000.zip), repeat the process on pppoe-1.310.000.zip.
The short story:
In general, commenting/uncommenting is usually in reference to a certain line in a certain file. In Linux, any line beginning with a hash (#) is considered a comment, and is ingored when the file is executed; removing the # "uncomments" the line. Sometimes the line is indeed a comment, in which case the hash should never be removed from the beginning of the line. In other cases, the commented line contains code that in generic circumstances shouldn't be executed, but might be needed in special cases. If that's the case, you'll get instructions similar to:
"If you are using xxx video card with a Pentium III, uncomment the lines which reads:
# Pentium III using xxx video card".
In the list of files you gave, there are source code files (pppoe.c, pppoe.h), and also two different versions of pppoed, which I assume is the PPPoE daemon (I use cable, not DSL, so I'm not positive about that). If one of the pppoed programs is not the compiled driver you need, then it looks like you do indeed need to compile from source. This is nothing that a n00b should be afraid to say they're scared of, but it actually isn't that hard.
If you have questions concerning the specific steps, post the instructions you need help with, and we'll walk you through it.