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Old 09-14-2008, 07:11 PM   #1
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how do I open a .run package?


I went to virtualbox.org to download VirtualBox, and the download offered for "all distributions" (I have MEPIS 7 and PCLOS Minime 2007) was packaged as .run. I've never seen that before, and MEPIS didn't know what to do with it, as I expected. What should I do?

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Old 09-14-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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I would always download the latest version of any software. If you are unsure of what package you can use, you can always get the .tar.gz version. Those come in source and binary formats. Just follow the instructions in the INSTALL.txt or README.txt file.
 
Old 09-14-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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Thanks, but that's not the problem. There is no MEPIS-specific version available. (I could download the PCLOS version there, but MEPIS is my main distro.) There are Debian, Ubuntu, and FC versions, and a few others. As a Debian-based distro, I am guessing MEPIS could use the Debian download.
 
Old 09-14-2008, 09:45 PM   #4
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How to execute a .run file

First, make sure the file is executable (check permissions)
Then type:

sh filename.run

or

./filename.run

If the file is installing an application, you will have to be logged in as root.
 
Old 09-14-2008, 11:10 PM   #5
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I got an unexpected result. It didn't work because there was an "unsupported x86 environment." What??--I downloaded the AMD64 version (that's what I have), not x86.

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Old 09-14-2008, 11:46 PM   #6
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Could you post some more info about your environment and the version you used? What steps did you take to get that error?
 
Old 09-15-2008, 05:53 PM   #7
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I'm using MEPIS 7. My machine has 2 GB RAM, 1.75 remaining. 160 GB hard drive. The processor is an AMD Athlon, but I forgot what the processor speed is.

I checked the permissions. The package was not executable, so I set it to be. Then I did this in a console:
josh@mepis1:~$ su -
Password:
root@mepis1:~# sh '/home/josh/Desktop/VirtualBox-2.0.2-36488-Linux_amd64.run'
It responded:
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing VirtualBox for Linux installation........
VirtualBox Version 2.0.2 (2008-09-12T13:52:46Z) installer
Detected unsupported x86 environment.
root@mepis1:~#
 
Old 09-15-2008, 06:32 PM   #8
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The error message you received would seem to indicate that you have installed the i586 version of Mepis.

Type:

uname -a

at the system prompt and post the result. If you see the i386 or i586 in the line then you have the i86 version not the 64 bit version. While you should be able to run the i86 version of programs on a 64 bit OS you cannot run 64 bit programs on a 32 bit OS.

You should either download the 32 bit (i86) version of VirtualBox or reinstall the 64 bit version of your OS. Just because the processor is a 64 bit processor, you determine which version of the OS you install.

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Old 09-15-2008, 10:35 PM   #9
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Well, but me a Cadillac and call me Elvis (--SimCity 2000). I apparently have the i686 version.

Hmm, I vaguely remember considering this before. I wondered in a thread if having the 64-bit MEPIS was important; now I know.

If I install the 64-bit MEPIS, can I keep my /home directory?

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Old 09-16-2008, 01:04 AM   #10
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I suggest, make a backup of your home directory. Install the 64 bit version and copy your home back, but maybe your distro sees the existing one and only upgrade it and leave your home directory untouched.

But back it up to be on the safe side instead of the sorry one.
 
Old 09-16-2008, 08:50 AM   #11
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VirtualBox

Your kernel needs to be compiled to accept virtualisation. Have you checked/done that? Version 2.0.2-36488_Linux_amd64run works fine for me on an amd64 dual processor setup.
 
Old 09-16-2008, 09:16 AM   #12
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even the arch-independent version didn't work???
surprising?
 
Old 09-16-2008, 10:54 AM   #13
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you might consider using Virtual Box in PCLinuxOS minime. Version 1.5.6 can be found with Synaptic and I have installed it on both PCLOS 2007 and minime. the big difference,for me, between version 1.5.6 and 2.0 is the addition if a sata controller for the guest systems.
 
Old 09-16-2008, 09:21 PM   #14
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I just installed Mepis 7 in a virtual box, than downloaded the '.run" file for VirtualBox 2.0.2. When I ran it, as the root user, it told me:
"Please install the build and header files for your current Linux kernel.
The current kernel version is 2.6.22-1-mepis-smp"
I searched the Synaptic Package Manager for "linux-headers" and selected the correct one. In my case it was "linux-headers-2.6.22-1-mepis-smp". When I selected it, the build file was selected also.
After rerunning the '.run' file it completed and VirtualBox is in the main menu under system.
I hope this works for you.
 
Old 09-17-2008, 04:01 AM   #15
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jfxg will note, if he/she reads the manual, that version 2.0.2 will, aside from allowing for sata, also permit 64bit guests. A newcomer to VirtualBox should also note that the module "vboxdrv" should be loaded before the program is run.
 
  


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