[Novalug] Google Earth 5 install problems
dc.loco at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 11:09:46 EDT 2009
On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:52, <cruiserad at comcast.net> wrote:
> 1. downoaded google linux.bin from google earth website to desktop. a click
> on the file gets the error message Couldn't display
> "/home/brian/Desktop/GoogleEarthLinux.bin". there is no application
> installed for this file type.
Sounds like the executable bit isn't set. From a terminal shell, type:
chmod u+x GoogleEarthLinux.bin
Or from the GUI, probably right click on the icon and look for something to
change the permissions. Change it. Click on it.
> 2. opened synaptic pagage manager, did not recognize the file on the
It is not a package. It's an installer.
Loosely speaking, think of Synaptic (and apt-get, and dpkg, and adept, and
aptitude, and, and, and...) as working with zip files with delusions of
grandeur. ;-) Synaptic et al look at a file with the extension .deb, and
recognize it as an archive of files plus instructions on where those files
go, version information to be added to a database, etc. There are other
packaging systems for other distros (e.g. RPM for RedHat, Fedora, SuSE and
others, portage for Gentoo). The archives they use also have both the
files, and version info that goes into a database on your system.
By contrast, the .bin file will install, but won't integrate with your
system's packaging / version tracking system. It won't show up in Synaptic,
and you'll be responsible for periodically checking manually to see if
there's been an upgrade to the application, removing the old application,
downloading the new, setting the permission, and installing again.
Ubuntu Linux DC LoCo
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