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April 24th, 2009, 12:14 PM
Since I've just learnt what repositories are and why there safe I thought I'd better ask:

I've just found some free .run game files from my isp at http://iinet.net.au/freezone/# - I think you guys can see them if you're not with them but not 100% sure.

anyway - i think i can figure how to run them from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=486588 but thought i'd better check if it is as safe as running files with the package manager?

any tips?

April 24th, 2009, 12:23 PM
Nope not as safe, simply because they come from a source that you have little knowledge of.

However, if they are for linux you should be able to download them and place them in a directory and run them.

The easiest way to run them is to cd to the directory. Then

chmod +x <filename>
which sets the execute bit



which will run them.

DO NOT enter your admin password if asked.

April 24th, 2009, 12:28 PM
Although my isp is a pretty big one (iinet). should i not trust them?

Because I am bypassing the package manager, does that mean the installation would be "unmonitored" i.e., I'd find it hard to trace where all the bits are placed?

April 24th, 2009, 12:40 PM
My guess is that these applications are not packages, but 'standalone' things so the .run file will be all there is.

April 24th, 2009, 12:43 PM
That makes sense, but does that mean I wouldn't be able to 'uninstall' it as bits could be everywhere or is it possible that it would just run from one location. It's Doom 3 from my isp (iinet).

Didius Falco
April 24th, 2009, 12:49 PM
I've installed .run files from a couple of trusted places, and once they are installed I've been able to uninstall them from Synaptic and/or apt-get.

Post a link to the files you are interested in and I'll have a look - I'm in Brisbane. Whether or not to trust them is your call...

April 24th, 2009, 01:03 PM

go to /games/idstuff/doom3/linux/ (full path doesn't seem to come up)I'm gonna try anyway (best way to learn hey!) It's a new Ubuntu installation and I can easily reainstall again!Just tried to run it and redirected it to a path i had access to (funny place im sure in /home/usr/Documents but it should do for trial purposes. Nothing happened anyway so i'll keep playing.

still interested in your opinion though:)

Didius Falco
April 24th, 2009, 01:19 PM

go to /games/idstuff/doom3/linux/ (full path doesn't seem to come up)I'm gonna try anyway (best way to learn hey!)

still interested in your opinion though:)

Iinet isn't going to let me even look at it, let alone download it. without signing up for an account.
If it's provided by iinet themselves, I'd be inclined to trust it.

May you be happily Doomed!! :P

April 24th, 2009, 01:22 PM
thanks:) i thought it might work that way. doesnt count in my download quota!! That's how i got my first ubuntu installation yesterday:)

April 24th, 2009, 06:53 PM
For Doom3, you want ftp://ftp.idsoftware.com/idstuff/doom3/linux/doom3-linux-