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Old 11-25-2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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New to forum, and pretty new to Linux. Question of .zip files

Getting my feet wet again on linux, and slowly picking it up. One question of many is I was trying to install the latest alien arena package. It is a .zip file. Never installed a zip in Linux. the readme says extract to /usr/local/games, tried and it says I don't have permissions. sounds like I should do it in command line, but not sure how, and suggestions.

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To unzip a zip file, open a terminal and type in "unzip <filename>.zip" You will need to be root to move it to /usr/games

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:41 AM   #3
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Yup, the commands you were told to run were probably to be done from the command line (as it allows people to provide a concrete set of instructions that don't fall victim to things like the various file managers, and other graphical nuances).

Normally, a user on a Linux/UNIX/*BSD system does not have permission to write to any directory other than their own home directory (/home/YOUR_USER_NAME). When you open up a terminal emulator (Konsole, Gnome-Terminal, Xterm, ..., etc.) type in the following commands, and please note that I am assuming you have the ZIP file in your home directory:
$ unzip
$ sudo mv alien_arena/ /usr/local/games/

Now, to make sure that /usr/local/games is in your $PATH variable; the $PATH
variable lets the shell know where to look for executable files.

$ echo $PATH | grep -i /usr/local/games

 If that command does not return anything, then issue the following commands.

$ echo "export PATH=/usr/local/games:$PATH" >> ~/.bashrc
$ source ~/.bashrc
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Thanks both for the valuable tips. One problem down, several hundred to go


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