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Old 10-05-2008, 07:26 AM   #1
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Installing Lyx without internet

Hello everyone,

I am going to replace the Ted word processor with LYX; I do not have internet with that computer and I am very new to DSL. So, how do I install lyx and then remove the Ted program? The OS is so different from Windows! I am downloading LyX-1.5.6-1-Installer-Bundle.exe


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Old 10-05-2008, 08:07 AM   #2
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Whoa - the *.exe is for Winduhs, not for Linux.
Try using 'google' to see if there is a prepackaged version of Lyx for your Linux distribution.
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(disclaimers: a) I'm not familiar with LyX at all, so my advice is going to be pretty generic. Your mileage may vary. b) This advice assumes that you already know how to use the mydsl extension system. c) Depending on how you have DSL set up on your computer, this advice might not be the best for you. Could you give us more information about your DSL setup? If you're running DSL from a USB thumbdrive you have different options than if you're running from the livecd, for example. d) You're new to DSL, but are you new to Linux? It helps to know so we know which steps to include in our advice and which steps we can skip. e) I recommend all new DSL users buy the official DSL book from Amazon (or wherever). It helped me ENORMOUSLY with the basics. I don't understand why the DSL guys don't promote it more heavily on the main DSL website.)

1) IF your question is "How do I install LyX on DSL?", the answer MAY be:

Since LyX is available through apt, you can try installing dsl-dpkg.unc and installing LyX by opening a terminal and typing apt-get install lyx. This all requires internet access, unfortunately. I'm assuming that you're somewhat familiar with apt. If not, you can also install synaptic.unc, a GUI front-end for apt. I'm also assuming that you won't run into any problems with missing dependencies. If that happens, you'll have a bit more work ahead of you to get all the dependencies right, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

Since part of your problem is no internet access on your DSL machine this doesn't really help you, sooo...

2) IF your question is "How do I install myDSL extensions without internet access?" the answer is different:

Let's say you want to download the extension using a Windows PC and install it on your DSL PC.

On your Windows PC
- Point your browser at
- Find the extension you want and download it to some sort of removable storage that you can use on your DSL PC, like a USB thumbdrive or something.

On your DSL PC
- Launch emelfm
- Mount the removable media holding your extension.
- Mount the partition holding your mydsl folder.
- Copy the extension from your removable media to your mydsl folder.
- Reboot the computer OR use the "Install from Local" option in the mydsl launcher app.
- Your new extension should now be waiting patiently for you in the mydsl menu.

Obviously, the net-connected PC doesn't HAVE to be Windows. A Mac or Linux PC would work just as well.

Since LyX isn't a mydsl extension, this also doesn't really help you, soooo...

3) If you're REALLY feeling adventurous, and you simply CANNOT connect your DSL machine to the Internet, you COULD:

You COULD use the DSL livecd to boot up a computer that DOES have internet access, install dsl-dpkg.unc, install LyX using apt, and then create your own "lyx.dsl" extension using deb2dsl. You COULD then save your newly-created dsl extension to your removable media and then copy it over to your DSL PC that doesn't have internet access. This option would most likely require quite a bit of trial-and-error, so I don't think anybody could give you exact step-by-step instructions on how to do it precisely. But, it still might be an option for you.

Plus, if you get it working right you could submit your lyx.dsl extension for inclusion in the mydsl repository and start calling yourself a "published DSL developer". ;-)

There's more infomation about deb2dsl at the DSL Wiki:

Epilogue: You also asked how to remove TED. Since TED's memory footprint is so small there is really no need to remove it, IMHO. If you insist on removing software from DSL you're wading into the world of hacking your own DSL remaster, but I really don't think it's worth going through that headache just to get rid of one application. Regardless, here's the wiki page devoted to that subject:

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