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Jongi 08-19-2003 03:40 AM

Installing programs
I downloaded the DivX for Linux drom the official DivX site. The file comes in a tar.gz file. I have ungizzped the file to a directory but now am wondering what the next step is.

There is no rpm file and no apparent executable file. There is an file but i have no idea what to do with it.

I am using SuSE 8.2 Live Evaluation.

arobic 08-19-2003 03:52 AM


I downloaded the driver and I think you must run the script to get the
installation done. Since there are only .h and .so files in the package, it is the only possibility I see.

Hope this helps!

Jongi 08-19-2003 04:04 AM

How do I run the scripts?

sandy 08-19-2003 04:19 AM

# chmod +x
# ./
if there's no file then post the list of diretory contents


arobic 08-19-2003 04:22 AM

A script is like an executable.

Just type

in the directory where it is located and it should work.

Jongi 08-19-2003 04:33 AM

Thanks arobic.

So what other type of extensions are "executables"?

And does the ./ run them all?

arobic 08-19-2003 04:47 AM

There is njo such thing as an 'extension' in Unix. What make a file executable is the permission (as sansy mentionned) and the nature of the file itself, which you can get by reading the first line of a script for example or if the file is a binary file. (A script is just shell code, it is readable with a text editor and it is not a binary file)

For example, in your case, the first line of the script is:

which simply means that it is a bash script.

And the only reason why we run it using './' is to avoid confusion between executables. By typing this, you specify a path for the command ( . means the current directory).

BTW, 'sh' is only a kind of standard for bash script. You can also have ".csh" for example which are another kind of script. But remember that the extension really have no meaning other than informing you of the content of the file. I could have called the script '" and make it run as a executable!

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