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    How do you install Firebird SQL in Ubuntu?

    How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Specifically, I'm trying to install the Firebird SQL software.
    coming from windows, i'm looking for there to be a "setup" or "install" program, and there's nothing like that.

    I've figured out that going to Applications, accessories, terminal gets me the CLI interface, but ...what then?

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Bowen View Post
    How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Specifically, I'm trying to install the Firebird SQL software.
    I do not know the program, but have you tried Synaptic Package Manager, is this what you need ?

    firebird2.1-super


    Or if you prefer, with the terminal

    sudo apt-get install firebird2.1-super

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    There are a few ways.

    1. System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    Start typing what you're looking for in the quick search bar and see what comes up.

    2. Applications -> Add/Remove
    A bit more "user-friendly", but not as much info.

    3. If you know exactly what package(s) you need, you can install from the command line.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install <package1> <package2> <package3>

    If the software you want is not in the repositories (i.e. not installable by the above methods), you can look for a .deb package from the software's website or even source code; there are many howtos about compiling.

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    here's a quote from an error message that is probably the result of trying to install something incorrectly.

    This is a major failure of your software management system. Please check for broken packages with synaptic, check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information with: 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'.

    OK...great... I can presume that there is a text file at /etc/apt/sources.list that has bad information in it.
    I can presume "sources.list" is the name of the file.
    If my computer doesn't like what's in that file... what should be in that file?
    can it be blank?
    I can also guess that I should edit that file so that it contains
    'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'.
    I wonder how I can browse to that file?
    How do I edit it once I find it?

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Found this...

    http://www.firebirdsql.org/index.php...&id=engine_213

    Look under Linux for the compressed tarball and download the one you need (ie. x86 or AMD64) after you extract it, look in the folder for a read me for install instructions
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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Bowen View Post
    here's a quote from an error message that is probably the result of trying to install something incorrectly.

    This is a major failure of your software management system. Please check for broken packages with synaptic, check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information with: 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'.

    OK...great... I can presume that there is a text file at /etc/apt/sources.list that has bad information in it.
    I can presume "sources.list" is the name of the file.
    If my computer doesn't like what's in that file... what should be in that file?
    can it be blank?
    I can also guess that I should edit that file so that it contains
    'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'.
    I wonder how I can browse to that file?
    How do I edit it once I find it?
    no, you don't want to edit the file and add that info, it will break things worse. In the terminal, run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -f
    post any output here if there are errors as well as the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
    Debian Testing(64bit) + XFCE4 AM2 5200+ ATI Radeon HD4350, 4gig RAM,320Gig and 750gig HDs

    what's the difference between an answer and a solution? An answer is what they want to hear, a solution is what they don't want to hear

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by howefield View Post
    I do not know the program, but have you tried Synaptic Package Manager, is this what you need ?

    firebird2.1-super


    Or if you prefer, with the terminal

    sudo apt-get install firebird2.1-super
    OK...what is synaptic package manager and where may I find it?
    and you write
    "or if you prefer, with the terminal"
    do you mean open the terminal and go and type that line?

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by halitech View Post
    no, you don't want to edit the file and add that info, it will break things worse. In the terminal, run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -f
    post any output here if there are errors as well as the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
    I found someone else's instructions on how to install firebird and editted some file somewhere with the lines they suggested, and now Ubuntu add/remove programs doesn't work at all.
    I presume I can fix this by deleting the ubuntu patitions (both of them) and re-installing from the CD.. (sigh)...

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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Bowen View Post
    I found someone else's instructions on how to install firebird and editted some file somewhere with the lines they suggested, and now Ubuntu add/remove programs doesn't work at all.
    I presume I can fix this by deleting the ubuntu patitions (both of them) and re-installing from the CD.. (sigh)...
    before you get drastic, open a terminal and post the results of
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
    and we can try to fix things
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    Re: How do you install a program in Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Bowen View Post
    I found someone else's instructions on how to install firebird and editted some file somewhere with the lines they suggested, and now Ubuntu add/remove programs doesn't work at all.
    I presume I can fix this by deleting the ubuntu patitions (both of them) and re-installing from the CD.. (sigh)...
    That would be like killing a butterfly with an H-bomb. All you need to do is get your sources.list file straightened out. Can you run this command in a terminal, and post the output here?
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list

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