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Old 12-24-2003, 03:46 PM   #1
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How to install and then run new applications

I have a DVD with some linux games so I had a go at intstalling and running a couple of them. The folder on the DVD has tar.gz files which I believe are zipped archives so I created a new subfolder in my home folder and unzipped the files to this new folder. However, when looking in the new folder I don't seem to be able to find an executable file (the equivalent of a .exe file in windows). How do I run the game now that I have done the 'unzipping'?
Old 12-24-2003, 03:48 PM   #2
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Read the INSTALL or README files in each folder after unzipping them. This will tell you how to install the packages/apps, etc.

In Linux you don't have those fancy .exe programs to launch and install with..
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Hi - the README file simply says "Type race.static" to run the game. Where do I type this? I have tried typing it in the run application box but I get an error message saying that the specified location is invalid... I have tried the same thing but putting in the whole path to the file and nothing much appears to happen!
Old 12-24-2003, 03:56 PM   #4
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Here is the content of the README file after unzipping...

This is a static linked binary release,
meaning that all the libraries needed are contained
in the executable binary race.static.

Simply type 'race.static' to run the game.
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You might pick up a small how to on using commands. But if you do any typing of commands it would most likely be at the console. if you are in the directory containing the command, you might need to add a "./" prior to the command, as in

$ ./race.static might have some how tos for you.

Old 12-24-2003, 04:22 PM   #6
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Sounds like you're using a GUI; there should be a "Console" button or link somewhere handy. The console is a command-line (CLI), and this is where you can type in commands and access the whole of your linux computer


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