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    How to install a *.package file

    Hi, I am still pretty new to Ubuntu, but getting there step by step.
    Now I need to install a file/package: ko2009_linux-1.20.x86.package

    It didn't 'autorun' when clicking the link on the website, so I downloaded this package (saved it locally). When doubleclicking the file, I get prompted to select an application.
    Apparantly a *.package is not associated.
    Now what do I do? Associate it with something? How?
    Or run it somehow from the terminal?

    Help is welcome,
    Thanks,
    Joep

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    Re: How to install a *.package file

    Hi Joep,

    I don't really know what a .package file is, but are you sure the package isn't available via the Software Center?
    Otherwise, you could try to execute this command in a terminal to determine what kind of file it is:
    Code:
    file -i *.package
    Then we might be able to determine what kind of file it is.

    Hope this helped.
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    Re: How to install a *.package file

    .package files are usually a self-installing file using autopackage. you must execute this file in terminal to install and usually you need an active link to the internet.

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    Re: How to install a *.package file

    Quote Originally Posted by rubenverweij View Post
    Hi Joep,

    I don't really know what a .package file is, but are you sure the package isn't available via the Software Center?
    Otherwise, you could try to execute this command in a terminal to determine what kind of file it is:
    Code:
    file -i *.package
    Then we might be able to determine what kind of file it is.

    Hope this helped.
    Hi, this is the response:
    joep@joep-desktop:~/Downloads$ file -i ko2009_linux-1.20.x86.package
    ko2009_linux-1.20.x86.package: text/x-shellscript; charset=binary

    Familiar to you?

    It is definitely not in the software center. It is a package provided by Dutch tax regulator to fill out for a refund related to child day-care costs. Pretty 'exotic'

    Thanks,
    Joep

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    Re: How to install a *.package file

    Quote Originally Posted by achase79 View Post
    .package files are usually a self-installing file using autopackage. you must execute this file in terminal to install and usually you need an active link to the internet.
    Okay, how would I execute this in terminal? What command?
    Is an active link to the internet something special?
    It is supposed to run on the internet when clicking the link. But then everything froze.

    Cheers,
    Joep

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    Re: How to install a *.package file

    Quote Originally Posted by achase79 View Post
    .package files are usually a self-installing file using autopackage. you must execute this file in terminal to install and usually you need an active link to the internet.

    It worked!!!



    I googled autopackage and followed these instructions:
    http://www.autopackage.org/howtoinstall.html

    Thanks a mil!

    Joep

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