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Old 03-15-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Unable To Download VLC Media Player From Download Page(s)

First I go to the following URL to download the latest version of VLC Player, which I greatly prefer to Totem or any other standard Linux video/audio player: After I click on the "Download" link, a new window appears which asks me if I want to 1) Open with Archive Manager (default) or 2) Save File. There is a drop down arrow next to the first choice which only gives "Other..." as the only other choice. Well, if I choose the first option, the download appears as an .exe file in the "Downloads" window.

What happens next totally loses me!! A window with "Download Error" in its Title Bar appears with the following message in it: "/tmp/VLC_Player_Setup-3.exe could not be opened, because the associated helper application does not exist. Change the association in your preferences." Huh?? I don't even know yet how to even open up an .exe file in Linux, despite repeated research.

Old 03-15-2010, 02:38 PM   #2
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What distro?
For ubuntu
sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
Old 03-15-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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Why are you downloading the exe file?
This is for windows.
Download the linux version
Or even better, install using the package manager
open a terminal and type
sudo apt-get install vlc
If you want the latest version, goto

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Old 03-15-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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in your post you say that you want to install VLC. However, the link you provide is not VLC. And if you click on that website on 'Home Page' button it takes you to the Homepage of movie player where you can see that this is a windows app.
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To answer your immediate question: You don't execute a .exe file in Linux. This is for Windows. This binary has been compiled from source code into a .exe using Windows conventions and libraries. This is in much the same way a .dmg file runs natively on OSX, and so on.

The error message you gave is something you could very easily have googled, and so I would suggest you try that first next time, you'll solve your own issues then, and a lot quicker. Basically the error is saying that the computer has no defined way of opening a .exe file.

'Repeated Research', of course, failing to tell you the above, even though a google search provides over 9.3 Million results.

Installing VLC on Linux, what I would have expected to feature in your 'Repeated Research', provides fewer results; only about a million:

Since you're showing up here as using Ubuntu, I would listen to repo and troop. If not, please use your distro's package manager.
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