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Old 06-13-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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Errors when trying to install anything!


Hello, Firstly can I say that I have been running ubuntu for a grand total of 4 weeks since crossing over from windows having been a user for approx 12 years ... I am very impressed by linux in general and in particular the ease of access to all things linux.. its very good....
Now then I need help. I cannot seem to get my head around how to use certain things as I am used to the windows way, such as where system properties is and so on, is there somewhere I can look at (I'm fairly comfortable with working things out as long as I'm pointed in the right direction!)
Also, I have searched for advice on installing .bin files and I see that you need to run a certain command through terminal, chmod... etc however I get error messages galore from this indicating I'm being a spoon and obviously doing something wrong, the file itself is for real player 11 gold linux edition but the error states file not found, its on the desktop I can see it!
Any advice, I appreciate there's probably a guide here somewhere and I've probably read it, however it doesn't make sense, I need a few pointers in simpleton style so I can then push on and get this great software going to its potential....
All replies will be greatly welcomed............
Baz
 
Old 06-13-2008, 02:19 PM   #2
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but the error states file not found, its on the desktop I can see it!
Are you in the directory (in the shell) that the file is located in? The commands "ls" and "pwd" will tell you which files are in the current directory and what the current directory is, respectively. If you're in the directory that the file is in, are you typing the filename properly? It's important to get the correct case: "file" and "FILE" and "File" are distinct filenames. Tab completion is useful. Type the first few characters of the file name (again, making sure to use the correct case), hit your tab key and the filename should be completed automatically (if there aren't other files beginning with the same few characters, if there are you'll see a list of them).
 
Old 06-13-2008, 02:33 PM   #3
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To execute a file in Linux you need to change the mode (chmod) to make it executable. Then the file must either be in your PATH (execute echo $PATH to see the directories in your PATH) or you need to provide the full absolute or relative path to the file. In the case of the RealPlayer installer on your Desktop, you could
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cd ~/Desktop
./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin
The cd means change directory, the ~ means your home directory (sorta like C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName> in Windoze) and Desktop is a subdirectory of your home directory. The ./ is the relative path to RealPlayer10GOLD.bin meaning the directory you are currently "in."
 
Old 06-13-2008, 10:35 PM   #4
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cd ~/Desktop
./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin[/code]The cd means change directory, the ~ means your home directory (sorta like C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName> in Windoze) and Desktop is a subdirectory of your home directory. The ./ is the relative path to RealPlayer10GOLD.bin meaning the directory you are currently "in."
Hi there, this is really useful, I've done this and it makes sense, however I get an error from terminal now, perhaps someone can explain..
from doing the above commands I get:
"./RealPlayer11GOLD.bin: Permission denied"
What should I have done first? I'd like to get real player running, the case structure is correct now!

Cheers
 
Old 06-14-2008, 01:00 AM   #5
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"./RealPlayer11GOLD.bin: Permission denied"
This usually means executable permissions aren't set. So, run "chmod +x filename" to set them and then try again.
 
Old 06-14-2008, 02:10 AM   #6
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"I cannot seem to get my head around how to use certain things as I am used to the windows way, such as where system properties is and so on, is there somewhere I can look at"

Since you're using Ubuntu, you might look at the Debian home page and wikis, FAQs etc. One of those articles explains the UNIX SVR7 filesystem hierarchy.

All system-wide configuration information is in the /etc directory. Per-user configuration information is in "invisible" directories (files and directories beginning with '.' are not displayed unless you specifically request) in the user's 'home' directory - for example: ".kde". Then again you have Ubuntu, so it's probably ".gnome". There should be desktop configuration tools in Gnome which are similar to the "System Properties" menu in WinDuhs. Although you can change a lot of things, there are a few system-wide settings which can only be changed by the system administrator (for example, the X configuration in /etc/X11/xorg.conf).

Don't get confused by file times - *NIX maintains UTC and only displays local time in clock applications. The reasons for doing this are far too numerous to discuss here, but basically, Microsoft have no idea how to deal with time so the MS way is so awfully incredibly unbelievably stupid. *NIX has got it right, but sometimes those timestamps have users a bit confused and wondering what's happening to their files.
 
Old 06-15-2008, 08:34 PM   #7
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This is a really good Linux tutorial/manual:
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz
 
  


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