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Old 01-05-2005, 10:16 AM   #1
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Question Installation of sw from tar(.gz) - "How to"?


I can't install downloaded s/w in Mandrake 10.1. ('cause I have no idea what I'm doing)... see list of questions below intro.

The saga begins:
There are a few aplications I would like to install, including a simple one from tangentsoft dot com called fcalc. (lq won't let me post the u r l here as I'm too new).


I've installed the required Tcl/Tk and Tix from the Mandrake 10.1 distro. Easy 'nuff.

I've downloaded the fcalc-tcl.tar.gz file and saved it
under: /home/myaccount/fcalc

I've unpacked it using ark into:
/home/myaccount/fcalc/fcalc-1.00

I've tried running the script in the install file above in a terminal by pasting it to the terminal program (opened the text in Kate, copied, dropped to terminal).

Won't go. I get a variety of errors I don't understand... a small sampling iof which:
[myaccount@DOMAIN fcalc-1.00]$ $INSTALL -d -m 755 $BINDIR
bash: -d: command not found
[myaccount@DOMAIN fcalc-1.00]$ $INSTALL -d -m 755 $LIBDIR
bash: -d: command not found
[myaccount@DOMAIN fcalc-1.00]$ $INSTALL -d -m 755 $LIBDIR/help
bash: -d: command not found

etc.

Questions:
1) Am I installing from the right place (myaccount)?

2) Am I running the script correctly? (I just pasted it into a terminal [ Konsole]). It won't run by simply double clicking the install in a file list (Konquerer)

3) Am I correct to assume that the supplied install script should run without trouble or modification?

4) Should I be in root privileges to install the s/w?

I've searched but I can't find a "lead me by the hand" example for a confused soul such as myself.

Cheers,
Alan
(PS: I posted a similar thread the other day, here, but it seems lost, or I posted it do a different forum ... in any case I can't find my post or replies).
 
Old 01-05-2005, 10:26 AM   #2
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There should be a file in the package called README, which should contain installation instructions. Have you read it?
 
Old 01-05-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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Hi there! The reason your thread lost is probably because this all slightly unclear what you're trying to do.
If the s/w stands for "Soldiers at War" then it is really messy - kidding, kidding
If you're trying to programm in java then it's different matter. I personally do not programm on java, however studied for some extent. But here:
http://pandonia.canberra.edu.au/java
 
Old 01-05-2005, 01:23 PM   #4
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Yes, I've read the README's. Yes, I've followed their instructions.

In my first post I asked 4 questions.. If somebody could reply to those, or some of those it would help.
 
Old 01-05-2005, 03:27 PM   #5
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to run a program (or script) in the current working directory, add ./ in front of the program example:

./INSTALL

that will launch the installer (and yes you have to be root).
 
Old 01-05-2005, 03:41 PM   #6
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Ah, that worked (other programs installed by dble-clicking the INSTALL, fcalc didn't).,


BUT: the program itself still won't run... (not sure where it installed to either ... it's not in usr/local/bin or usr/local/bin/fcalc)

ah ... one step at a time...

Cheers,
Alan
 
Old 01-05-2005, 04:27 PM   #7
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..saga continues ...


Managed to install Firefox. Effortless.

fcalc --- seemed to install ... now can't find how to run the damnned thing.

gimp 2.2.0 --- disaster ... can't install, can't configure (although seemed to be working ...) won't 'make'.

Learning .. sl o w l y.
 
  


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