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Old 08-20-2005, 09:54 PM   #1
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Hi all I have downloaded a file its on the desktop. how do i install it?I have opened a terminal as root and as a user cd to the file tried the install instructions from another site but i think the prob was they had downloaded with apt get so had a different file the site i downloaded from instructions tell me to sudo im not familiar with this cmd surely opening the file on the desktop is just a simple 2 minute job can anyone help.
Old 08-21-2005, 03:57 AM   #2
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Wth a .run file, you normally just have to run the file. Since they're talking about sudo, you probably want to run the file as root.

First, right-click on the file and make sure that the file is executable (under properties/permissions).

Next, open a terminal. Running commands as root is dangerous, so they don't tend to make it easy.

If you have sudo configured (most systems do) then you can type: [Note the capital D]
sudo /home/username/Desktop/
Otherwise, you can do:
su -c '/home/username/Desktop/'
This assumes that your desktop directory is /home/username/Desktop. You can check this by right-clicking on the desktop and looking at the paths option.

Either way, you will need to type in the root password when prompted.
Old 09-17-2005, 12:47 PM   #3
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Yea, I had that problem.... Changing the permissions to "executable" fixes it.

I think this works for just plain ".run" files too

(Jeesh, Installing in Linux is a real pain sometimes.... thats why linspire's "CNR" (Click 'N' Run) looks so promising!)

good luck!


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