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openSUSE 11.1 Tutorials

Installing .bin, and .run files


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I was recently asked about installing and running .bin and .run files. This is a relatively simple thing to do and in this tutorial I will use Google Earth as an example.

The first thing we need to do is to download Google Earth, you can download it from the link below.

Once have the file downloaded, we can install it with one simple command, I download my files to my "Documents" directory, you may download to a different location so either move the file to the Documents directory or substitue the path to your file when running the commands.

We need to open a console, from the Application Launcher, and then change to the directory where the download is.

cd Documents

Next we need to login as root, we do this by running the command

su (followed by root password)

Now we simply run the installer like this

sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

You should now see the Google Earth graphical installer, you can can accept all the defaults, and let the application install.

It will place an icon on your desktop, and in the Application Launcher so it will be easy to find.

This last step is specific to Google Earth version 5. If you are installing a different version, or using this tutorial for basic .bin file installs then ignore this step.

Some people have reported crashes using the Version 5 of Google Earth, if you experience problems, or if you want to avoid them, you do so with the following steps.

In a root console, we need to cd imto the /opt/google-earth directory.

cd /opt/google-earth

Finally we need to move a file called libcrypto.so.0.9.8, we will simply rename it to ibcrypto.so.0.9.8.bak so if you find you need it for some reason it can be restored.

We do this by running the command

mv ./libcrypto.so.0.9.8 ./libcrypto.so.0.9.8.bak

Thats it, you should now be able to use and enjoy Google Earth on your Linux computer.

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