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Old 07-30-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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How to open .bin and .run files


Does anybody know how to open .run and .bin files? I downnloaded limewire which is a .bin file and apollon which is a .run file, both are supposedly self install files and i clicked on them and nothing happened. How do I open these.

Old 07-30-2004, 01:27 PM   #2
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Hi Jon,

Have you checked to make sure that the file has executable permission? If it doesn't then change it so that it does, then try executing it again. To change the permissions of a file from a terminal :

chmod +x /path/to/thefile

Or you can change the file permissions can be changed from the GUI if you prefer, probably by right clicking the file and searching around in the menus.

Old 07-30-2004, 01:33 PM   #3
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I'd like to thank you for your quick response. I can't believe I didn't think of that before. Thanks again,

Old 07-30-2004, 01:53 PM   #4
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thanx much Limewire is working great. By any chance do you know how to install tar balls?

Old 07-30-2004, 02:18 PM   #5
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I installed apollon this morning and all I had to do was open Konsole, cd to the folder the file was located and type "sh filename". That took care of everything.
Old 07-30-2004, 03:02 PM   #6
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tar xfv <filename> will extract the source or bin, tar is a zip file so to speak but better.

if it ends in .tar that command will work
if it ends in tar.gz you will need to add the "z" option
if it ends in .bz2 you will need to add the "j" option

If it is a source file and needs to be compiled the following steps are the norm,

./configure --prefix=/usr/local (just to keep things neat)
make install


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