So, it seems I may not have explained clearly what the problem is in installing an application from a compressed file.
I'm running Linux Mint 10. I'm trying to install an application, and instead of firefox 4 let's use the Zimbra Desktop app as a proper example.
I've downloaded this file zdesktop_7_0_1_b10791_linux_i686.tgz from this location www.zimbra.com/products/desktop.html
I've decompressed the file and started the installation perl script install.pl. Doing it as root will create directory /opt/zimbra/zdesktop and install the files. In order to make it usefull for a user other than root you then do user-install.pl. This will create the necessary files in the user area and supposed to create a desktop icon.
Under LM10 the icon isn't created and the file, zdclient, even though it exists in the proper location with the proper permissions, gives an error the file or folder doesn't exist.
Under Kubuntu Natty the file installs and works the way it's supposed to.
Why won't the application run under ZM10? And, as noted above, other apps not installed through a package manager also don't run. And, it isn't just one system, it's multiple systems with LM10 installed. Oh, and this occurs specifically on the 64 bit version of LM10. The 32 bit version the apps work as they should.
This is an important question. Has anyone else had the same problem? And why is this happening?