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Old 06-26-2005, 02:20 AM   #1
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Limewire install in Mepis 3.3

Please remeber, NEWBIE!

Ok, You cant install RPMs in Mepis (This I understand) However It appears that I need to "put java in the path" or the Limewire install. I have no idea what that means.

Can someone please give me a sort of step by step?

Thanks all.
Old 06-26-2005, 07:16 AM   #2
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it's an issue of setting your PATH environment variable. run the "getenv" command to see the current settings of all your environment variables, and more than likely the path to where java is installed is not part of your PATH. this means that when limewire, a java program, looks for the java runtime environment, it will not find the JRE because it is not one any of the paths in PATH.

so, you could do something like "export PATH=$PATH: {path to JRE goes here}" (without curly braces), but this will only set the PATH env. variable for the duration of your login, meaning you'd have to do the same thing next time you login.

a better way is to put this command in your shell startup file, i.e. if you use bash, then it would be .bashrc or .bash_profile. this will automatically set the PATH (by executing the above command) each time you log in.

hope this helps!
Old 06-26-2005, 08:01 PM   #3
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Do things the easy way. Open synaptic at K>System>Synaptic Package Manager and the go to settings and respositories and select all repositories except non-us and Deb-src ones and then do a reload to update your package list and then do a search for Limewire and right click on limewire and select install and then Apply until it begins to install and sit back for a few seconds while it downloads and then installs and you are set to go.

Old 06-28-2005, 10:45 PM   #4
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I like the apt idea for Limewire... but its not there!?

Am i missing something?
Old 06-29-2005, 05:18 PM   #5
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I did it before but that may have been in the non-us repositories that we don't use anymore. Why not use gtk-gnutella. I just uninstalled Limewire to see if l could get it again and l couldn't so l guess it isn't in the repositories anymore.

Old 06-29-2005, 08:05 PM   #6
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I just installed Apollon using synaptic and like it better then Gnutella and Limewire(very user friendly interface). If you do it install Gift first and here are some packages that it needs also:

The Gift package gives us access to the Kazaa network.

I just bought the June 2005 issue of Linux Magazine and came across the article on Apollon.

Have a peek at their website to view a few screen shots:


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Old 06-29-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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I just installed Apollon using synaptic and like it better then Gnutella and Limewire(very user friendly interface)
Well I would hope it is more user friendly than an Internet Protocol (talking about gnutella here, I'm assuming you are referring to gtk-gnutella).

Anyways, open a terminal and type this command and post the output. If I am not mistaken, MEPIS ships with Blackdown Java, which should work with Limewire.

java -version

If not, then remove Blackdown and install the Sun JRE from (the one on is outdated). It works the best for programs like Limewire and Azureus. It tells you how to set up browser plugins there. Then you just do this. If you say installed Java to /usr/java/jre1.5.0_04 , you would put this line into your ~/.bashrc file.

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/java/jre1.5.0_04/bin

Then, close the terminal and reopen it, and type java -version, and see if it works.

Also, Limewire's RPMs from their website install very easily on a Debian machine. They convert cleanly to debs. To install it, download the Limewire RPM and do the following.

su -
alien --to-deb LimeWireLinux.rpm
dpkg -i limewire*.deb

then type in the command


and see if it launches.


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