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    Simple question

    This should be simple. I'm trying to install a shockwave plugin and I've already extracted it. how do I get it to run the installer from the directory? I cant seem to get that workin.
    "When I die I want to pass peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car."

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    For reference, he's using Mandrake.
    Away.

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    yeah. i just can't figure out why I cant run any programs at all from the xterm.
    "When I die I want to pass peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car."

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    Originally posted by ZakkWylde969
    yeah. i just can't figure out why I cant run any programs at all from the xterm.
    using "./" ?

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    Yeah. Like I would unpack the Shockwave files and I would go into that directory and i would try to run the install file by typing out the name and it wouldn't work. It's a little different that what I'm used to.
    "When I die I want to pass peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car."

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    Did you type
    ./nameofinstallfile
    ?

    Or just
    nameofinstallfile
    ?
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    just nameofinstallfile I guess I have to do ./ ?
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    Originally posted by ZakkWylde969
    just nameofinstallfile I guess I have to do ./ ?
    fo' sheezy
    Away.

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    think of "./" as the equivelent of a double click in windows. its how you run an executable under linux.

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    Actually, I'd have to say it's more like DOS than Windows. If the directory is in your PATH then it'll execute, otherwise you'll have to use the ./ in front of the executable file name in a directory that is not within your PATH.

    Very similar to the old DOS PATH within the autoexec.bat file.

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    alrighty thanks.
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    except for in DOS the current directory you are in is part of PATH as well, where as in *nix it isn't.

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