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Old 06-10-2004, 05:55 PM   #1
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problem installing tar.bz2 file

well i have the interface of xmame, but it asks for the xmame executable. i downloaded a file xmame-0.55.1.tar.bz2, but im not sure how to install it so that the gxmame interface knows where it is.
Old 06-10-2004, 06:18 PM   #2
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Try tar xjvf xmame-0.55.1.tar.bz2

That should give you a new directory for that xmame and, hopefully, you'll have a README file in there or an INSTALL file with installation instructions.

The j for bz2 files is similar to z with gz files.
Old 06-10-2004, 07:34 PM   #3
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one little problem..

ok i did the compiled it. so i opened the gxmame frontend to choose the xmame.x11 file for the executable. it still says the executable is not there. what could be the problem?
Old 06-11-2004, 03:58 AM   #4
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Hi madskillz,
this is strange. If you installed it correctly, it should be able to find it.

Here are some suggestions, of what might have gone wrong:
- did you do a "make install"?
[size=1]to install a program from source, you need to issue "./configure && make && make install" for the installation to place the files in the appropriate places.
- are there any settings, you need to adjust?
maybe the program only checks in one place and you need to tell it where
- is the program "executable"?
If you can locate the executable the gxmame cant, you should check, if it is executable: "ls -l", check for an "x" in the mod string.

I hope any of this helped you.
Good luck,
- drowstar


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