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    How to install a .run file

    For those of you that have been using Ubuntu for a while, you probably already know this. I'm posting this for the newbies that download a game installer in .run format and have no idea what to do with it.

    How to Install a .run File:

    For this How To I am going to be using the dummy name "example.run". You should replace this with the name of the file you are trying to install.

    1. Open a terminal. In Gnome the terminal is found in Applications>Accessories>Terminal.
    2. Navigate to the directory of the .run file. For this example, I have mine on the desktop so I would type in "cd ~/Desktop" and press enter.
    3. Type "chmod +x example.run" (press enter).
    4. Now type "./example.run", press enter, and the installer will run.

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    Thanks! =D

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    What about uninstalling these? I have UFO: Alien Invasion installed on my box, but I want to remove it. Is it enough to delete the directory it's located in, or is there another, better method?

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    Quote Originally Posted by WaySensei View Post
    What about uninstalling these? I have UFO: Alien Invasion installed on my box, but I want to remove it. Is it enough to delete the directory it's located in, or is there another, better method?

    Since I'm getting ready to install this game I wanted to know why you want to uninstall it. Don't like it? Did you play XCOM? How does it compare?

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    this page is a good reference (although I don't think .run installers are there): How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!

    those programs often put an uninstaller script in their main directory, in the directory do:
    "sudo ./uninstaller_script_name" (whatever the name of it is) - or - "sudo /path_to_it/uninstaller_script_name" of course.

    there is a great little application that comes in handy for stuff like that - called "nautilus-open-terminal" (available in Synaptic - or "sudo apt-get install nautilus-open-terminal") - it puts a selection in the right-click context menu to open a directory in the terminal. (Xubuntu 7.10 has something like that included).
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    Re: How to install a .run file

    There is an uninstall script in the /usr/local/games/ufoai directory that I wish to uninstall, but when I try to run the uninstaller script by typing:
    Code:
    ./uninstall
    , there is an error that:
    Code:
    Could not find a usable uninstall program. Aborting.
    I think it must be a bug with the uninstall script for ufoai. I am thinking of simply trashing the directory in order to remove the program and clear the space, but would like other thoughts on the matter before I do.

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    The game itself is fine. When I installed from a .run file, however, the game would not start. I then installed it from a .deb package from getdeb.net, and it worked fine. However, now I have two installs on my computer and want to get rid of one of them.

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    Yeah, I'm having troubles getting it to work too. I'm not on my Ubuntu system, so I don't have the error code in front of me, but it is missing something. I found one post that said to fix that problem, I need to create a link. But the link command he used didn't work. The file wasn't in the directory his command showed. This problem appears to show up in the 64 bit version. I'll try again later, if it continues to give me a hard time, I'll try the deb.

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    Re: How to install a .run file

    Quote Originally Posted by tim15856 View Post
    Yeah, I'm having troubles getting it to work too. I'm not on my Ubuntu system, so I don't have the error code in front of me, but it is missing something. I found one post that said to fix that problem, I need to create a link. But the link command he used didn't work. The file wasn't in the directory his command showed. This problem appears to show up in the 64 bit version. I'll try again later, if it continues to give me a hard time, I'll try the deb.
    search for the file you need like:
    Code:
    sudo find / -name name-of-file
    then to make a symlink make it from the file to where it goes

    it might be possible that you don't have the library package (or other dependency) installed that the file is a part of (you probably thought of that already I guess)
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    Re: How to install a .run file

    i have tried the samething to install .run file of america's army.
    but i still get ">" after pressing enter after "./example.run"
    :

    Thanks in advance

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