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I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby Sasafras Jones on Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:16 pm

Well I'm new to linux so I'm not sure how things work quite yet but I am definately wanting to learn. Anyway, I downloaded a program called scilab that I wanted and now I have a file called scilab-5.1.1.bin.linux-i686.tar.gz and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby exploder on Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:29 pm

Try and do a search for a .deb for the application you want to install, .deb packages will install quite painlessly. To use a tar.gz file just right click on it and extract it, then find the executable file to launch the application.
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Re: I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby RedWagon on Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:47 pm

It's in the repos. Run
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sudo apt-get install scilab

to install it. If you get any errors it might be in one of the repos not enabled by default, just post back and we'll help you with that.
Installing a program by downloading it off a website should be a last resort, anything installed that way cannot be automatically upgraded with Mint install and sometimes isn't as stable as as getting the preconfigured .deb.
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Re: I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby DrHu on Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:54 pm

Sasafras Jones wrote:Anyway, I downloaded a program called scilab that I wanted and now I have a file called scilab-5.1.1.bin.linux-i686.tar.gz
http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/linux- ... linux.html
--Linux installation methods, .tar, .deb, .rpm etcetera.

In this case
In terminal, check
    apt search scilab
    p libscilab-java - Scientific software package for numerical
    p scilab - Scientific software package for numerical
    apt show scilab
    Package: scilab
    State: not installed
    Version: 5.1-0ubuntu2
If it is in the repository for the distribution, which it is in this case, it is quite often not the latest version, which may or may not work in your system, that would be installing from a source file .tar or a compressed source file tar.gz
--which requires being compiled for your system (which as indicated above may not exactly match, due to some dependencies that might be needed eg. /lib file versions and so on..
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Re: I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby Sasafras Jones on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:57 am

ok i see now. i think im starting to get this. i'm going to make a note of that for future reference. anyway thanks for the help. next time i'll be sure to check the repository for an app before downloading it from a site. problem resolved.
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Re: I need help installing downloaded programs

Postby Kaye on Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:59 am

You should edit your original post and put (solved) next to the topic. It's an easy way for us to know when a topic doesn't require further attention :)
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