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Old 10-28-2011, 01:12 PM   #1
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Howto find installation directory for FlightGear -- can't be too hard, surely?

Just installed FlightGear via Synaptic in Ubuntu 11.04.

Program seems to start up ok, takes quite a while to load scenery files and that sort of stuff, and then sits there sulking; I'm sure that's only because it's not fully installed...

FlightGear manual tells me that to complete my setup, I need to (among other things) set some environment variables, for example to point at the "data" directory where things like aircraft type and scenery are stored.

Apparently, the FlightGear/data directory, for example, is to be expected at /usr/local/share/ (or presumably some comparable location) -- in other words, wherever I chose to install it.

Trouble is, I didn't install it, Synaptic did, and I just can't find the installation. Having done "Search for files..." and ls as thoroughly as I can. Am I being really stupid? (Don't answer that!)

Hope someone can help!

The following extract from the manual would make sense to me, if only I could find the FlightGear directory!

>Before you can run FlightGear, you need to set a couple of environment variables:
> You must add /usr/local/share/FlightGear/lib to your LD_LIBRARY_PATH
> FG_ROOT must be set to the data directory of your FlightGear installation. >e.g. /usr/local/share/FlightGear/data.
> FG_SCENERY should be a list of scenery directories, separated by :. This >works like PATH when searching for scenery.
> e.g. $FG_ROOT/Scenery:$FG_ROOT/WorldScenery.
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Is it /usr/local/share/FlightGear/ ?

If not, try:
# updatedb && locate *FlightGear*
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Ubuntu 11.04, Package: flightgear
File list

Data are in "Recommended packages"
1) fgfs-aircraft-base

2) fgfs-models-base

And : Listing files for an installed package with 'dpkg' :
$ dpkg -L <package-name>


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Old 10-28-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Thanks folks,

I believe I've taken a step forward; at least I can find the directory now, it is indeed in /usr/share/games

Not sure if it was there before, but it's there now. I did a "Reinstall" in Synaptic, so that part of the problem is solved. Now I need to do battle with the environment variables and command-line options, and tomorrow seems like a better idea...

Thanks again!


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