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Old 01-12-2010, 07:15 AM   #1
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help with a .tar.gz file


I am running Ubuntu 9.10 and i have tried on a number of occasions to download and install the Opera web browser using the .deb format. For some reason(s) unknown to me i can never find the file despite doing a search of the file system.

So i have now attempted to download and install the Opera web browser using the .tar.gz format.

I managed to get a .tar.gz file and placed it in my "Downloads" folder.

Now i opened a terminal and navigated to The Downloads folder which contained the .tar.gz file and then typed:

tar -zxvf opera-10.10.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386.tar.gz
A lot of text flew by on the screen and when i checked the Downloads folder it now contains the following:

opera-10.10.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386.tar.gz

and

opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386

Could someone take pity on a tired, baldy old git who only wants to use the latest version of the Opera browser please.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 07:24 AM   #2
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That's a source 'tarball' you have there and with Ubuntu there really should be no reason for you to need to build it yourself.

Easiest way to install it: Forget the tarball and click 'system' > 'administration' > 'Synaptic Package Manager' and search for Opera.

You'll be cooking on gas in no time ;-)

failing that:
sudo apt-get install opera

or even find that .deb you downloaded and run:
dpkg -i <name_of_deb_file>.deb

HTH
Caveat - just noticed you said 'latest' version. This is what I'm running on my 8.10:
Quote:
Version information
Version
10.10

Build
4742

Platform
Linux

System
i686, 2.6.27-16-generic

Qt library
3.3.8b

Java
Java Runtime Environment installed
Clicking on ABOUT > CHECK FOR UPDATES tells me I have the latest version :-) {which makes a change for me}

Last edited by Dave_Devnull; 01-12-2010 at 07:26 AM.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 07:28 AM   #3
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In the terminal, cd to
Code:
opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386
read te readme files
 
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:28 AM   #4
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Since opera is *very* non-free software, it shouldn't be a source tar ball: as far as I know they only distribute binaries. Related to this non-free status, is that it may not be in the default Ubuntu repositories: you may have to enable/add additional sources.

A quick google, gave this http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-ins...a-plugins.html
as the first hit.

Cheers,

evo2.
 
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:39 AM   #5
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My apologies - I overlooked the 'non-free' status of Opera. Despite the fact it is 'free' it is not 'free';-)

It's certainly shown available in my Synaptic:
Quote:
The Opera Web Browser
Welcome to the Opera Web browser. It is smaller, faster,
customizable, powerful, yet user-friendly. Opera
eliminates sluggish performance, HTML standard violations,
desktop domination, and instability. This robust Web
browser lets you navigate the Web at incredible speed and
offers you the best Internet experience.

The binaries were built using gcc 4.
But feel free to untar the gzip archive and use that if you wish :-)
 
Old 01-12-2010, 07:42 AM   #6
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might as well hook up your whole sources.list and get binaries instead
you can also get the Chromium-browser too

so, here it has both opera and chromiumm plus more
http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/

just tell it country and version of buntu
then click boxes you want
 
Old 01-12-2010, 09:10 AM   #7
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No matter what i do i still get an error. I've decided to give Opera a miss and apologize to you guys for wasting your time. Thanks
 
Old 01-12-2010, 10:19 AM   #8
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EDIT: Ignore this, proven wrong by a later post. (It won't do any damage mind)

My guess is opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386 is itself the executable file.

So do
Code:
chmod ugo+rx opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386
./opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386
And Opera, or perhaps an Opera installer, should run.

Last edited by cantab; 01-12-2010 at 03:24 PM.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 10:34 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by bald-top View Post
No matter what i do i still get an error. I've decided to give Opera a miss and apologize to you guys for wasting your time. Thanks
Fine, so you are just going to walk out on us now :-)

Can you paste the link you got it from so we can take a look? Have some faith - you can get it working, don't let it intimidate you {it's a nice, sexy browser and worth it}
 
Old 01-12-2010, 10:50 AM   #10
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I've just taken a look myself. The archive unpacks to a directory called 'opera-10.10-4742.gcc4-shared-qt3.i386'.
Inside are:

Quote:
drwxr-xr-x 2 etc
-rwxr-xr-x 1 install.sh
-rw-r--r-- 1 LICENSE
-rw-r--r-- 1 Manifest.md5
-rwxr-xr-x 1 opera
drwxr-xr-x 4 usr
All you need to do is cd into this directory and run the install.sh script.

If that does not tickle your fancy, cd into the directory where you downloaded the .deb file earlier on and run this:
sudo dpkg -i opera_10.10.4742.gcc4.qt3_i386.deb
 
  


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