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Bridge game on Mint?

Postby ridds on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:25 am

Hi
I installed "Deal","Dealer",and "Floater" Bridge games for my wife to use but have not been able to access/run them on Mint. These games are not listed on the Mint site or Mintinstall but I found them on Synaptic. I am not sure, but when I deleted these games after finding I could not run them, I lost various items such as MintMenu. I have got things back again after able assistance from my first thread posted. At this stage I am still experimenting with Linux and to date I am impressed. I have a lot to learn though.

I am totally new to Linux and am a GUI convert though I did use Command Line way back with DOS but never liked it. If there is a way to run these games, or if anyone knows of others which are usable by Mint I would appreciate clear step by step instructions. I have no knowledge whatever of the use of terminal commands or Linux Command Line operations.

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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby DrHu on Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:30 am

ridds wrote:I installed "Deal","Dealer",and "Floater" Bridge games for my wife to use but have not been able to access/run them on Mint. These games are not listed on the Mint site or Mintinstall but I found them on Synaptic. I am not sure, but when I deleted these games after finding I could not run them

Synaptic or Package Manager on the Mint menu is what to use to find packages/applications in the repositories (it includes Ubuntu locations/repositories)
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=364188
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-376652.html

finding I could not run them
Why, did they not show up on the menus under All>Games
--floater is an internet game, the others generate bridge hands are are basically training guides for playersI

I synaptic (Package Manager) right click>Properties>installed files to locate executable, usually /usr/bin or /bin location
I tried deal, does not run
I tried dealer, checked as above the location is /usr/games, doesn't work
Uninstalling (mark for complete removal in synaptic) deal and dealer caused no mint menu problems
--under synaptic; you can always check what will be removed, however if there are no extras added under the right-click >properties for the application, it is unlikely to be removing anything but that application (game)
I didn't bother with floater, as it runs with java
I also did not restart or logout from the desktop, some applications need that refresh to appear on the menus..

Other bridge card game..
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/GAMES-EN ... 5298.shtml
--you could install the pybrige-server for local play rather than use the internet..
--available in synaptic..
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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby ridds on Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:51 am

DrHu wrote:
ridds wrote:I
finding I could not run them
Why, did they not show up on the menus under All>Games
--floater is an internet game, the others generate bridge hands are are basically training guides for players


Hi
A very good question which I can not answer, they were not in any of the menus, Games or any other. Several other applications I downloaded from Synaptic were listed in the relevant menus. I had assumed, maybe wrongly, that these Bridge games were not suitable for Mint. This assumption was made
1. That they did not show up on the menus.
2. That I was not able to find ANY reference to Bridge games on any of the Mint related web sites via search for "bridge".
3. There is no Bridge programes under Mintinstall or by making a search through Mintinstall.

If these programs should have shown up in games, can some give me any reason why they did not and preferably a way to achieve this result. This is actually the reason for my post.

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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby DrHu on Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:03 am

ridds wrote:If these programs should have shown up in games, can some give me any reason why they did not and preferably a way to achieve this result. This is actually the reason for my post.

How the game install is scripted prevents it from showing in the distributions' menus, perhaps the developer can't be bothered figuring out how to work with Gnome (2x, 3x) or KDE (3x, 4x) or any other window/desktop manager

As to how to enable the game,, if it can run from its own directory/folder as the logged in user, just creat a menu item, use a game that does install as a template to what needs to be in the various selections for the Launcher that will execute the game application..

As an example, here is sauerbraten game screenshot>properties of the Mint menu
--you right-click the Mint menu>Edit menu, which gets you most of the menus (at least the ones you can edit with the gui)
where you add the menu is the location that the menu will be added, so for example add new item under games adds it there..

Check the mint 7 user guide for menu editing..
http://www.scribd.com/doc/15884753/Linu ... User-Guide
http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/linuxmint.com/ ... nglish.pdf
--not sure editing the menus is in there or using the launcher, but it is a start, and then there is always Gnome documrnation for additional info..
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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby pluraldave on Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:55 am

Deal literally generates a hand. It doesn't have a menu item because it's command line only. You type "deal" and soemthing like this pops up for each of the 4 positions:

♠ T52
♥ 86
♦ KQT863
♣ 75

It's really not a game.
I assume dealer does something similar although it just hangs...
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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby ridds on Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:56 pm

DrHu wrote:
ridds wrote:I
Other bridge card game..
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/GAMES-EN ... 5298.shtml
--you could install the pybrige-server for local play rather than use the internet..
--available in synaptic..


Thanks all for your info. I have installed Pybridge and the Pybridge sever/pybridge common. Next thing is how I get these to work together. When I open Pybridge, it comes up with a box to connect to server asking for 'host', 'port5040' 'username' 'password'. I tried entering a host from the 'help page' which gave 'asd-networks.com ' as a host, entered user/pw but got 'cannot connect to server' response.

As above mentioned for local play, I can find no reference of how to achieve this. No doubt it is easy for those who know how, but I am lost. I am very happy that I finally managed to get this game to the stage I have, be even happier if I can present my wife with a working game locally. Then will pursue the online alternative, maybe?

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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby ridds on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:03 am

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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby DrHu on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:02 am

I don't know how you get it to play/generate a game (new table sets up the bridge table, but then what?..
--I would probably try the online connection first to find out how it plays the game, and maybe askl for help to play locally with the pybridge server console

It doesn't seem to work very well, that is it does setup a game for you, just allows you to connect to a server
pybridge-server
After starting pybridge-server on the console (terminal)
2009-06-27 04:57:04-0400 [-] Log opened.
2009-06-27 04:57:04-0400 [-] Connection to sqlite database succeeded
2009-06-27 04:57:04-0400 [-] twisted.spread.pb.PBServerFactory starting on 5040
2009-06-27 04:57:04-0400 [-] Starting factory <twisted.spread.pb.PBServerFactory


In any case, this is how it it is done locally using the pybridge-server (allows a console interface to connect to
  • Install pybridge-server
  • In terminal, execute pybridge-server
    --this starts the local pybridge server
  • in Mint menu>games>[b]PyBridge
    --this starts the client connection, when the dialog pops up, enter a your host name (whatever you called the computer when you installed Linux mint)
    --name, password, ignore the port it will be available
    --register as a new user
    this gets you connected as the user you named
    Enter new table, this gets you the bridge table, start exploring..

I didn't go this far, but maybe you need more than one player, you could setup multiple player names to test
--in which case you don't get any computer partners to play

There are some windows bridge games under wine that will do this ( computer players vs yourself..)
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-376652.html
--same question you have..
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/file/info/13285
http://gnubridge.org/
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Re: Bridge game on Mint?

Postby ridds on Sun Jun 28, 2009 8:41 am

Thank you DrHu, very much appreciated. I may get some 'brownie' points from my wife :D

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