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    How do I install a program?

    Installations are straightforward if the program is catalogued in your repository. But if I got it elsewhere, I am at a loss. I got a folder conaining the executable plus ancillary files. Clicking or double clicking are useless. What do I do?

    Incidentally, this program requires JAVA. I've downloaded it but again don't know how to install it. It might be already installed. How do I check it? If necessary, how do I install it?

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    What program is it?

    Is it contained within a tarball. Is it a .deb?

    Is there a README file contained within it?

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coco999 View Post
    Installations are straightforward if the program is catalogued in your repository. But if I got it elsewhere, I am at a loss. I got a folder conaining the executable plus ancillary files. Clicking or double clicking are useless. What do I do?

    Incidentally, this program requires JAVA. I've downloaded it but again don't know how to install it. It might be already installed. How do I check it? If necessary, how do I install it?
    Did you downloaded the installer? And if so, what format?

    It should be .deb, .rpm, or something like that. Not .exe.
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    Re: How do I install a program?

    Keep your important files in HOSTS when ubuntu is installed with WUBI
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    Re: How do I install a program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coco999 View Post
    Installations are straightforward if the program is catalogued in your repository. But if I got it elsewhere, I am at a loss. I got a folder conaining the executable plus ancillary files. Clicking or double clicking are useless. What do I do?

    Incidentally, this program requires JAVA. I've downloaded it but again don't know how to install it. It might be already installed. How do I check it? If necessary, how do I install it?
    CD to the directory it's in. Lets say you put the folder on your desktop and its called that_installer.

    cd Desktop/that_installer/
    ./configure
    make
    sudo make install

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    Quote Originally Posted by nothingspecial View Post
    What program is it?

    Is it contained within a tarball. Is it a .deb?

    Is there a README file contained within it?
    The name is MagnumOpus. What is a tarball?
    It is .jar. No readme file


    Did you downloaded the installer? And if so, what format?

    It should be .deb, .rpm, or something like that. Not .exe.
    No downloader available. Extension is .jar, I think this is the exexutable.



    CD to the directory it's in. Lets say you put the folder on your desktop and its called that_installer.
    Do you use installer as a fantasy name or is it supposed to imply a functionality? I have none.

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    If the extension is jar it usually suffices to run
    Code:
    java file.jar
    installer is a made up name used as an example (same as file above).The idea is to replace these words with the name of your file

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    I imagine there should be instructions, either with that file or on its developer's website.

    There might be a shell script included (filename might end in '.sh'), that you have to drag to the terminal window to run the program.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    ....I was making an example.

    .jar files are java archive files not executeables. You're trying to install something made in Javascript. Mind giving an ls on the contents of the downloaded files?

    Unpack the .jar

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    Re: How do I install a program?

    So it's a jar. Then you really need Java.

    Install java by using the repository. Then you can start your app by

    Code:
    java -jar <jar file name here>.jar
    That should get you going.

    Note: Install the Java Runtime Environment.
    Quote Originally Posted by ushimitsudoki View Post
    Fixing Bug #1 doesn't mean becoming Bug #1. We need to improve Linux, not clone Windows.
    Windows sucks. Linux rocks!
    Minsan, masaya rin kung hindi ka naiintindihan ng iba. Go multilinguals!

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