can't even install... (Linux)

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arjay
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can't even install... (Linux)

Postby arjay » Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:01 pm

Sorry to be so feeble but a bit of a newbie at all this and can't even get XnView installed. Not surprising really as there doesn't seem to be a single guide available for installing the program. Nothing on the website and nothing even in the Readme - no Install.txt or anything here that I could find. Go on prove me wrong! Anyway ....

I am running simplymepis (deb/ubuntu/whatever variant) on a pretty recent PC - Celeron 3.3, nvidia 8500GT card, 2 gig of memory etc. So presumably that is OK

I downloaded the file XnView-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4.tgz file. Not too sure about this because i figure fc4 stands for Fedora Core 4, but what the hell - it was the only non rpm file available.

I untarred it to its own folder, changed to that folder, chmodded the install file and then ran ./install which is all i could think of:

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root@0[richard]#
root@0[richard]# cd /home/richard/downloads
root@0[downloads]# cd XnView-1.70-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4/
root@0[XnView-1.70-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4]# chmod +x install
root@0[XnView-1.70-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4]# ./install
  OS  : Linux, version 2.6.15-27-desktop
This script will install nview/nconvert/xnview in the /usr/local/bin directory
cp: cannot create regular file `/usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/XnView': No such file or directory
chmod: cannot access `/usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/XnView': No such file or directory

Done!



Given the error messages I thought the "Done!" was a bit optimistic but just in case I tried to run xnview and got a tiny gui which I could hardly read and which crashed if i tried to do anything - browse for a file, open a file etc.:

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root@0[XnView-1.70-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4]# xnview
** XnView v1.70 Copyright 1991-2005 Pierre-E Gougelet (Sep  6 2005/15:28:24) **
        Version for Linux x86/Motif (All rights reserved)
** This is freeware software (for non commercial use)

     Type xnview -help, for more information
X Error of failed request:  BadName (named color or font does not exist)
  Major opcode of failed request:  45 (X_OpenFont)
  Serial number of failed request:  1468
  Current serial number in output stream:  1520
root@0[XnView-1.70-x86-unknown-linux2.x-static-fc4]#


All I want to do is open ONE ai file I need to work on for a logo for a friend's website. I have tried about five other programs but none of them can open it. Seems an awful waste of nearly a whole day just to open and modify one file but that's linux for you (<g>)

Can anyone help please??

TIA

Richard

robotriot
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Postby robotriot » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:34 pm

You have to create the directory /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults/ first for the install script to work.

arjay
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Postby arjay » Sat Aug 11, 2007 6:17 am

robotriot - thanks for the tip. I created the directory and then ran ./install in the directory where i downloaded and extracted the compressed file. It appeared to run OK. Roughly speaking it says: "installed *** in /usr/**** Done!" etc.

When I run xnview it opens OK but if I click on open file or browse, it just disappears off the screen - no error message, nothing!

Any ideas?

Richard

marsh
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Postby marsh » Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:06 am

arjay wrote:When I run xnview it opens OK but if I click on open file or browse, it just disappears off the screen - no error message, nothing!

Related topics about missing font error and installation:
viewtopic.php?t=6759
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viewtopic.php?t=1263
All I want to do is open ONE ai file I need to work on for a logo for a friend's website. I have tried about five other programs but none of them can open it. Seems an awful waste of nearly a whole day just to open and modify one file but that's linux for you (<g>)

Some types of '.ai' files cannot be opened. If a viewer like "gv" is unable to open it, then it is unlikely that other programs which use Ghostscript would produce a different result. To check this anyway, use one of the following combinations:
The old native linux version + deb packages like: gsfonts, gs-afpl, gv.
The latest windows version + Ghostscript installer (both using 'wine').

arjay
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Postby arjay » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:08 am

Marsh - thanks for taking the trouble to reply. I'll follow these links up in a couple of days, but it does look as if the software needs more time invested in it than I can afford, given the likelihood that I'll use it much. The Win version appears to be much more promising, though.

I finally found that I could open the .ai file in the latest version of The Gimp, so i am playing around with that at the moment.

Thanks again

Richard

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Postby Darkn00b » Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:36 pm

I could send you a .deb...

arjay
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Postby arjay » Fri Nov 02, 2007 9:24 pm

Darkn00b

Wow that was a long time ago - I long since gave up on this software and haven't tried it since. I only wanted to open one ai file to sort out a logo - but couldn't get anything to work. Pretty hopeless i thought - certainly not worth all the effort of trying to learn how to use a poor piece of software for one logo!

Thanks anyway

Richard

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Postby Darkn00b » Sat Nov 03, 2007 5:29 am

No prob. I figured, what the heck. You might still need it. :D


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