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I too am a newbie to linux. I have Ubuntu Hoary Hedgehog installed on a 900 mhz athlon machine. It is not online so am having problems with installing a package to get my dvd player to work. This seems to be the place with the smartest linux users on the web.
I have downloaded the needed file to a thumb drive, copied it to the desktop, went to the secure terminal, typed in the command ( can't remember what it was) and got the reply that it could not find it. I probably don't know how to make it look for the file on the desktop.
Sorry about the lack of information. It was all out in my shop, and it was pouring down rain at the time.
The package is libdvdcss2-dev_1.2.9-1_i386.deb I downloaded it to this computer, copied it to a thumb drive, copied it to the desktop on the linux machine, went to secure terminal, typed in sudo apt-install (then the package info.) and it said it couldn't find it. I don't know the path to the desktop in linux.
I have not had a chance to try Tuxrules fix yet, but I did check the properties of the package in question, and the path was given as /home/username(mine)/desktop/*.deb.
I think we may be on to something here. Everything seems to be set up to be used with an internet connection, which the computer in question does not have.
The package name is Libdvdcss2_1.2.9-1_i386.deb I have it on my desktop
I entered the command sudo dpkg -i ~/desktop/libdvdcss2_1.2.9-1_i386.deb in secure terminal and received this reply " cannot access archive: no such file or directory: errors were incountered while processing:
There was also this, (--install):