Google Earth will not install

Asked by engtg on 2008-09-19

Google Earth Linux

ProblemType: Package
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Sep 18 20:25:32 2008
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.04
ErrorMessage: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Package: msttcorefonts 2.4
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: msttcorefonts
Title: package msttcorefonts 2.4 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Uname: Linux 2.6.24-21-generic i686

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This question was originally filed as bug #272128.

engtg (noemail) said : #1
William Grant (wgrant) said : #2

Your proxy settings are broken. This isn't a bug.

Please open a Terminal from the menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type:

sudo apt-get -f install

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

Please report any download error here.

I think you will must set an http_proxy and/or ftp_proxy environment variable.

Thank you

engtg (noemail) said : #4

The error I get is post below

Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing Google Earth for GNU/Linux 4.3.7284.3916..............................................................
You don't seem to be running an X server (no DISPLAY set).
Google Earth and its installer both require X11.

Are you using the root user... please copy and paste the result of the



Thank you

engtg (noemail) said : #6

Yes using root user
id command
uid=0(root) gid=0(root) groups=0(root),1000(tom)

Please don't use root user is a very bad idea use sudo to run commands as root...

Now please login as unpriviledged user and try to install...

Thank you

engtg (noemail) said : #8

Problem Solved
Uninstall Google Earth
Reinstall by following the direction below

Launching Google Earth: Installing Google Earth for Linux

You can download and install Google Earth for Linux by following these instructions:

   1. Visit
   2. Click the Linux radio button under the category Beta (Version 4), and select Download Google Earth.
   3. Open a terminal window/console and navigate to your default downloads directory. Enter the following command in the directory: > sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin
   4. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

The default location for the program is '/usr/local/google/google-earth'. If Google Earth was installed in its efault location, you can launch it using the following command: > /usr/local/google/google-earth/googleearth

I have never use this method i think is better to use the Medibuntu repository so i get automatic upgrades

Here the medibuntu packages ready to install list

Please simply add the medibuntu repository to install Google and other software.

-- Please open a Terminal from the menu Applications->Accessories->Terminal and type or copy and paste:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

-- give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter

Then type or copy and paste:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

You may be asked to accept this package even though it cannot be authenticated. This is normal; typing "Yes" means you trust Medibuntu.

Then type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get install googleearth

Hope this helps

engtg (noemail) said : #10

Thank you
I have added Medibuntu repository.

brainspeaks (escottdye) said : #11

Dear Sir or Ma'am;

I have been trying to install google earth. I have had no success. I used the technique described
on this list and it seemed to be working (lots of data in the terminal), but where is the ''google".
Should there be an icon for google on the desktop. I have sent two google files to the trash
a bin file and a tzr file. Can you tell me from scratch how to get google earth installed. Although
I am not new to linux, I am new to unbutu. Assume that I have no installation experience and
start from the download of google earth to the installation and everything that needs to be done
to get a google earth icon on the desktop and a google earth that works. Thank you very much
Eric S. Dye, <email address hidden>

If you can send reply directly to my email address I would be grateful.........THANKS

brainspeaks (escottdye) said : #12


when trying to reinstall everything in the terminal, I get a message that there is need for
a superuser. How do I get that distinction? Please advise. I am the only user of this program
on my computer. Thanks,

Eric S. Dye, <email address hidden>

engtg (noemail) said : #13

Make sure sudo is installed
Check in your synaptic package to see if it is installed if not install.
If installed use sudo at terminal.
yourname@your-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for yourname:
sudo apt-get update