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Old 05-16-2004, 07:11 PM   #1
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newbie question - how do i install sttuff ?

hey, just got suse 9.1. im wondering how i installl stuff like setup.exe on wndows. i downloaded limewire but it gives me a .bin , how do i install it>? o.o help pleasse
Old 05-16-2004, 07:44 PM   #2
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hi there i have suse 9.0 too at home i have limewire also

First of remember that linux is not like windows were you just go to the exe and dubble clike it its more complex than that .

luckly for u on suse there is yast witch will install any rmp files for you just by dubble cliking it now i instaled it like this

Since LimeWire is written in Java, you need to have Java installed on your computer first. If you haven't yet, go to Install Java and follow those instructions. Then come back here to continue with LimeWire.

Download LimeWire from If you click the first Linux link, you'll actually be taken to CNET's to get the file. I've noticed one really annoying thing about downloading from CNET with Mozilla 0.9.3, which is what I'm using now. If you've got Javascript turned on, then CNET tells your browser to start downloading the file automatically. Unfortunately, the file ends with the ".bz2" extension, and Mozilla doesn't know that it's supposed to save a bz2 file, so instead it just displays it in the browser window, which is completely useless. So you've got two choices - turn off Javascript temporarily in Mozilla before you get to CNET (Edit --> Preferences --> Advanced, & then uncheck "Enable JavaScript for Navigator") and then turn it on again when you're done downloading, or go to one of the other download sites listed on

Once you've successfully downloaded LimeWire, move it to the directory we're going to keep it in and then cd there yourself:

mv LimeWireLinux.tgz /usr/local
cd /usr/local

Now unpack the tar file and then cd into the resulting directory:

tar zxvf LimeWireLinux.tgz
cd LimeWire

LimeWire requires that you run the following command first before going any further:


Now the moment of truth. Let's start LimeWire for the first time in order to configure it. Make sure you're in the LimeWire directory (/usr/local/LimeWire) and run the following:

/usr/local/j2re1.3.1/bin/java -cp . RunLime

If you see several limes complaining that "Font specified in not found", don't worry - LimeWire should still run. In fact, LimeWire should now be running and asking you to configure it. Go ahead and do so. Test it and make sure you can download something from the Gnutella network. Then, after you've made sure everything works, close the program.

I don't know about you, but I don't particularly feel like typing in this - /usr/local/j2re1.3.1/bin/java -cp . RunLime - every time I want to run LimeWire. So let's make an alias instead. If you don't know anything about aliases, check out Add aliases first. Add the following alias to /etc/bashrc (remember, you've got to be root):

alias limewire='/usr/local/j2re1.3.1/bin/java -cp .'

Now in order to run LimeWire, you'll still need to be in the LimeWire directory at /usr/local/LimeWire, but you'll have to type a lot less. In fact, you'll cd to /usr/local/LimeWire, and then run the following:

limewire RunLime

Don't forget that you've got to run the following command from within /etc in order to make your new alias active (or log out & log back in, but who wants to do that?):

. bashrc

By the way, don't forget to take care of the tar file - it's not a good idea to leave junk all over your filesystem. You can either delete the file - rm /usr/local/LimeWireLinux.tgz - or save it in case you ever need it again, or want to use it on another machine. That's what I do, and I created a special directory in my home directory that I use to store downloaded installers. So I use this command instead:

mv LimeWireLinux.tgz /home/ziggis/src/installed

If you want to do this, substitute your username for mine (ziggis) and mkdir "src" and "installed" first!

have funn

Last edited by ziggis-soft; 05-16-2004 at 07:47 PM.
Old 05-16-2004, 07:45 PM   #3
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.bin means binary.

set the file to executable (if it is not already)
and execute it.

chmod 755 theBinary
Old 05-16-2004, 07:48 PM   #4
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ziggis-soft: I got a .bin, not a tarbell, sorry.
Old 05-16-2004, 07:59 PM   #5
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sorry didnt pay attention to that yhea qwijibow is right ./filename
Old 05-16-2004, 09:11 PM   #6
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Yast in SuSE is used to install SuSE RPMs ....

tar.gz or tar.bz2 (and sometimes .zip) get extracted, then rin the binary file (sometimes .bin, .run, .sh or nothing ... when in doubt check readme)

if there is a Makefile, then run ./configure (note that runs a local file) or make followed by make install.

Some programs have setup routines (eg UT2K4,, Myth2 etc) though that is rare.


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