Conventions? choice of install directory?

Trevor Nye trevor.nye at
Fri Nov 24 11:34:57 UTC 2006

I have tried to download and install the RealPlayer10GOLD.bin

root at Ubuntu-64:/home/trevor# ls
Desktop  Examples  key.gpg.asc  music  RealPlayer10GOLD.bin
root at Ubuntu-64:/home/trevor# ./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin
bash: ./RealPlayer10GOLD.bin: No such file or directory


Being a noooob I am I know missing something simple but I am getting a
headache now

Sorry for this being so basic, I am running 6.10 64 bit.

I love Ubuntu it knocks the s**t out of Vista 64.


On Fri, 2006-11-24 at 09:34 +0000, ac wrote:
> After downloading something like realplayer 10 binary (note1), into an 
> initial download directory, I can run it either as user or with sudo. 
> As user, I think I have to install it into a location in the home/user 
> directories where user has write permissions, but with sudo presumably 
> I can choose an install directory anywhere (?)
> As it happens, using sudo, I chose to install 
> into/home/user/realplayer  which worked fine.
> However, during the installation process the sequence asked me
> if I wanted system wide symbolic links (I chose this)(note2) and asked me
> where it should put the symbolic links, suggesting   /usr which I 
> accepted.
> I am not very clear about the exact significance of these links, or 
> maybe links in general, but is there a more conventional or a more 
> elegant place for the installation directory, other than my present 
> choice of /home/user/realplayer?
> I do not really want to have an application in the user directory even 
> if it is owned by root. Should I have asked for the installation 
> directory to be in the /usr directory to start with?
> note1:
> RealPlayer10GOLD.bin
> note 2:
> this seems to correctly enter real player into such things as the menu 
> system, which I prefer.
> (I am using Kubuntu, if it makes any difference)
> tia
> -- 
> ac

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