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Old 10-21-2004, 03:47 PM   #1
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Realplayer10gold install woes.....root????

I finally get the proper install instructions for realplayer10 gold

chmod a+x RealPlayer10GOLD.bin [Makes the bin file EXE]

./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin [this starts the install then asked to continue by pressing enter]

[specify directory] /usr/local/RealPlayer10

Easy enough you'd have thought until you discover you have to input your root I do this and ...ta da..error you do not have permission...wait a said I did a min ago???

it just got worse...!!! I've logged into root and its installing and now its asking me to

configure system-wide symbolic links [y/n]...I put yes

Enter the prefix for symbolic links [/usr] what the h.e.l.l. does that mean>>!!! help...

should I have said no to the first question?????
is it going to ask me any more questions...???? Oh I dont like a lot of questions...none of them are ever the kind I like..can anyone help ...please

Well I got it sort of installed. though the main menu shortcut cannot find it...I went to the folder its in and activated it...and discovered it dont play WMV

well what a surprise and here I thought oh real player that should do it ...what a utter waste of time... I still need certain information to install to find a player that will and doesnt take a degree in geekitus to install..I'm not very happy at all you know... this is turning out to be worse than windows...!!! in 1994 this OS would have been acceptable for ease of use and function and cutting edge but not now...why the hell would I want to compile things change things into exe....??? why not just download it as exe...or is that thinking???

Fedora Core 2 looked good to start with untill I wanted to install its just a big mess with no clear instructions...

Last edited by kittykaat; 10-21-2004 at 04:38 PM.
Old 10-28-2004, 12:26 AM   #2
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you should have downloaded the rpm file, it would have saved you all the hassle and created a menu entry. Also you should realise that not all video formats will be supported because of licensing issues.
Old 10-28-2004, 03:13 AM   #3
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It is not necessary to install that version of Realplayer or any version for that matter as root unless it's an rpm.

For the .bin you just chmod, make it exacutable and specify a location you have write access to, like your home directory.

Anyway the binary should be here -----> /usr/local/RealPlayer10/realplay.
Old 10-28-2004, 04:09 AM   #4
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Originally posted by reddazz
you should have downloaded the rpm file, it would have saved you all the hassle and created a menu entry.
I agree. I downloaded and installed the rpm. The installation went very smoothly (as it should).
Old 11-04-2004, 03:29 PM   #5
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Hey kittykaat. If you want to install the RPM version of RealPlayer, you may want to use this guide.

Full disclosure: I wrote the guide. Its worth what it cost you.
Old 11-15-2004, 08:15 AM   #6
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well..i didnt see an answer to kitt's question. i have the same problem actually
i have tried both rpm and bin files.
somethings wrong with my system probably but wnyway, does any of you know what should you give as the answer of these questions when installing the .bin file?
configure system-wide symbolic links [y/n]...

Enter the prefix for symbolic links [/usr]
Old 11-15-2004, 08:49 AM   #7
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a simbolic link is something like windowz shortcat.

when you install a program somewhere, you put then a simbolik link of the programs executable in /usr/bin or better in /usr/local/bin, so you can access the program without having to type the hole path of the executable.

Those 2 folders are in your path. This is why you simply type ls and not /bin/ls. (/bin is also in your path).
So, the prefix for symbolic links should be /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin.

env | grep PATH

to see all the directories that are in your path.


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