I have had enough trouble with this so others probably have to. Here one way to install RealPlayer 8 on Debian/Xandros 2.0
Note: Specific computer information left out intentionally to protect the stupid (I.E. me). All directory paths listed here are valid for Debian Xandros. Directory paths for other OS's will vary a little.
Get the rpm from real download page
. To download the software, some questions have to be filled in.
For type of OS select Linux 2.x (libc6 i386) RPM
. There is a choice for a Debian based package, but I could not get it to work. If you download that package, this guide wont help much. I was able to get the RPM version to work so your choice.
Note that if you have an AMD processor choose the Pentium class option for the CPU question.
Fill in the other questions appropriately. I choose not to put a real email address or name because I do not know if Real spams or not. Do want you want in this area.
Download User Supported Player
button below the questions area.
Click on a link to a mirror and download the RPM
Once the player is downloaded, go to the directory where you saved the RPM
The filename should be similar to rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm
This needs to be changed. Rename the file.
>> mv rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2_rpm rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm
Note: REDHAT/Fedora users skip this conversion step.
Debian user convert the file to debian format by using
>> alien rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm
The console should respond: "realplayer_8.0-2_i386.deb generated". Note the alien program changes the filename significantly.
Debian users can now install RealPlayer using
>> dpkg -i realplayer_8.0-2_i386.deb
If I remember Fedora correctly, Redhat/Fedora users should be able to skip the conversion step and just do an
>> rpm -i rp8_linux20_libc6_i386_cs2.rpm
The player should now be installed as an executeable binary called realplay.
After the player installs, it still will not play audio in mozilla/Netscape since the browser does not know where realplay (the binary executable file for RealPlayer8) is located.
There is a file called rpnp.so installed during the setup. On my machine it happened to be in /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/rpnp.so but I remember this is different on RedHat/Fedora.
As root, you can find where your rela player plugin file is by
>> find / -name rpnp.so
Make note of the path and filename. Go to the plugins directory for the browser. On my machine this happened to be /usr/local/mozilla/plugins. One way to find the directory may be to
>> find / -name mozilla
>> find / -name plugins
Either way the directory should be under the browsers main directory and not just off by itself.
Once the plugin directory is found, go to it. Inside the directory, set up a symbolic link back to the rpnp.so file. Because I was in the plugin directory already, I did a
>> ln -sv /usr/lib/RealPlayer8/rpnp.so .
ln is the link creator. The -s tells it to create a symbolic link. The console should respond with a success message since the -v option is used.
Do a ls command to make sure the rpnp.so file is listed in the plugin directory.
Note the . (dot) argument at the end means current directory. Its not a typo.
You can set up the link without being in the directory by replacing the ending . with the full plugin directory name.