Navigation problem

Asked by mokelvey on 2006-09-06

I cannot learn how to navigate the ubuntu trail. I am trying to install Flash Player 7 for Linux in Dapper, but being a newbie, the navigation thing in the command line does not come natural. I have the installer open on my desktop (install_flash_player_7_linux) and have tried navigating to it, following the instructions on the Adobe site, and then entering the install command (./flashplayer-installer). The closest I have come, where the Terminal app relates that "/home/mokelvey/Desktop" is a directory does not get me to the installer. When I enter "/install_flash_player_7_linux" after "/home/mokelvey/Desktop" the Terminal declares there is no such file or directory. (/tmp/install_flash_player_7_linux" also gets me to a directory, but the install command doesn't work there, either). But the GUI points to the installer being at /home/mokelvey/Desktop/install_flash_player_7_linux. Nowhere, can I find an example of what the path is supposed to look like. I've tried a million combinations and nothing has worked. Does anyone have a useful clue they could pass along?
Thanks, mokelvey

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Michael Otteneder
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2006-09-15
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2006-09-15
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2006-09-14
mokelvey (moky) said : #1

mokelvey again with further comment:
This entire Linux process is very confusing. I am not sure what a Wiki is supposed to be nor whether I should even be participating. I know virtually nothing about the Linux way of doing things, even after several weeks of looking and trying to learn. Every explanation of a simple thing, like installing Flash, I try to track down leads to a volume of words that involve processes I know nothing about and canoot intuit what they could possibly mean. I am simply trying to find a way to relate to ubuntu Linux that doesn't read like merely a bunch of gobbledeegook. There are no babysteps anywhere indicated that I can find. If I could find them, I would leave you gearheads alone until I could walk the baby walk, but apparently this tribe has no ignorant young, such as my 66 year old self. Without some kind of entree into the workings of this complex operating system, I will never find it useful. I tried to sign the Code of Conduct agreement, but even that leads to establishing a set of credentials whose purpose I cannot fathom. Where is the proper place for me to start?

If you cannot guess what a command does reading its manpage(with: man command) is always a good idea.

And this is a good place to start:http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/

mokelvey (moky) said : #3

THANK YOU! This looks like a very good clue and may be exactly what I am
looking for. THANK YOU!
mokelvey

On Wed, 2006-09-06 at 17:29 +0000, mc__ wrote:
> Support request #1718 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1718
>
> Comment:
> If you cannot guess what a command does reading its manpage(with: man command) is always a good idea.
>
> And this is a good place to start:http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/

mokelvey (moky) said : #4

> I went to the site you recommended:
> http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ and I am beginning to see
> some light. Once again, THANKS! For instance, I was finally able to
> navigate to the FLash Player Installer and execute the installer
> command, all in command line. Unfortunately, the terminal returned an
> error message as follows:
ERROR: Your architecture, \'ppc\', is not supported by the

Macromedia Flash Player installer.

Does this mean, that since I am working on a Mac PowerBook in ubuntu
(Dapper) that I cannot use Linux Flash player OR must I somehow use the
PPC version OR must I learn to modify this Linux installer so it will
work on this PPC?

mok

Dean Sas (dsas) said : #5

Macromedia (who develop the flash plugin) only create one for intel x86 based machines, not PPC (pre-intel macs) and other architectures. They say that they will release a mac version early next year.

You can't really do anything but wait though if you really wanted you could try compiling and using gnash (see http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/), this is unfinished software though and if you did get it built, it won't work on all sites.

mokelvey (moky) said : #6

Thanks! Think I'll wait although, if I had the extra time it might be
good practice.

On Thu, 2006-09-07 at 07:08 +0000, Dean Sas wrote:
> Support request #1718 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1718
>
> Comment:
> Macromedia (who develop the flash plugin) only create one for intel x86 based machines, not PPC (pre-intel macs) and other architectures. They say that they will release a mac version early next year.
>
> You can't really do anything but wait though if you really wanted you could try compiling and using gnash (see http://www.gnu.org/software/gnash/), this is unfinished software though and if you did get it built, it won't work on all sites.
--
mokelvey

Mokelvey-

If Dean answered your question, please change the status from Open to Answered and list Dean Sas as the one that answered the question.

Thanks

Jim

mokelvey (moky) said : #8

OK. Dean answered this one. Thanks