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Old 10-03-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
sapphire2803
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Question Cannot write to /usr/lib/win32


Help!!!

I'm sure it's probably something obvious that i've ovelooked but here goes:

I installed suse 9.3 on my laptop a few days ago, I must say that i absolutely love it. Look slike I'll be saying goodbye to windows altogether. But, I've hit on a problem:

I can't play .wmv files or various others I'm sure. I had a look around online and found a link to the essential codec pack.
I downloaded it, but when I tried to extract it to /usr/lib/win32 I got an error message saying that I don't have write permision. The general advice seemed to be to log in as root, but when i do that all i get is yast and i can't seem to access the desktop at all. I can't see an option which fits either.

So, what am i missing? Or how do i give myself the right (write) permissions?

Thanks in advance

Sapphire
 
Old 10-03-2005, 09:12 AM   #2
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You gotta be root to write to /usr/lib/win32.

In a term:

su
[enter password]
cd /usr/lib/win32
tar zxvf [codecs pack name].tar.gz
 
Old 10-03-2005, 10:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for that. I can see how it should work now, unfortunately I'm still having problems wiith it. It says error: file not found.
It's actually a bz2 file. Does his mean I should be doing something different? (I did try the obvious change of gz to bz2) or have i got the wrong file?

Thanks
Sapphire
 
Old 10-03-2005, 10:27 AM   #4
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For a bz2 file you need something like:

tar jxvf file.tar.bz2

You could just use a program like file-roller to unzip and extract it, then just move the contents to /usr/lib/win32 ---but, the command line is faster.

man tar for more info.
 
Old 10-03-2005, 02:01 PM   #5
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Smile

Got it now, thanks for your help. You saved me from tearing my hair out

Best wishes
Sapphire
 
  


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