Downloads open in archive manager by default and don't run automatically.

Asked by webtrekr on 2012-09-14

And when i attempt to open the file by double click , it opens with text editor with incompherensible text. If i try opening it with right click > open with, it says "No applications available to open (filename)", and gives an option of finding required applications online. But when i click this option, tick all the applications automatically selected to be installed, and authenticate with my password, the download does not start. Instead it shows "Waiting" below the bar thats supposed to show amount of download remaining, and the whole box just dissappears after a while, leaving no clue. I am an absolute beginner in ubuntu so please explain in very simple language and don't use techenical terms.

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What files are you downloading?

webtrekr (webtrekr) said : #2

I tried downloading u torrent and adobe flash player. In both cases i m having the same problem.

You are downloading the Windows files. There is a native Linux flash as well as utorrent (utorrent is only controllable via the web interface at present). Why not use one of the MANY native torrent clients which are available in software centre??

If you want flash, just run:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

And it will install. It is very rare in Ubuntu to manually download and install files, 99% of what you need is installable from software centre.

The OS also comes preinstalled with a torrent client (unlike Windows), Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Lubuntu use transmission and Kubuntu uses KTorrent by default.

webtrekr (webtrekr) said : #5

But when i went to utorrent site to download it, i was specifically given option to download utorrent either for windows or mac or linux, and i am sure i chose the linux version. As for flash, it was written at the site that the version i am about to download is the last version to support linux. So its obvious that i downloaded a linux compatible version. These are links to pages i m talking about.

But why bother when transmission is in a default install, why do you want utorrent so badly, especially when it is ONLY controllable via the web interface...?

webtrekr (webtrekr) said : #7

oh yes... thats right. I had not realised that ubuntu has a torrent client preinstalled. Thanks.

All the official Canonical releases come with a torrent client installed. Windows is dumb and needs extra software installing.