How do I install a bin file?

Derek Broughton news at
Thu May 29 17:24:22 UTC 2008

Pat Brown wrote:

> Steph wrote:
>> Wulfy a écrit :
>>> Pat Brown wrote:
>>>> How can I install a bin file from a terminal? I have GoogleEarth and I
>>>> tried installing it with the Package Manager before but though it
>>>> seemed to install would never show up anywhere as an app to run. I can
>>>> find a lot of various files when I unpack the downloaded bin file, but
>>>> I have no idea how to run them, or even what to run. Does anyone here
>>>> use GoogleEarth? I tried signing up for the GoogleEarth help list, but
>>>> the advice I got was next to useless - I could never find the files
>>>> where people said they were.
>>>> I'm stumped. I'd like to use GoogleEarth, but it looks like I should
>>>> have kept my Windows partition to do so.
>>> Why not install the deb package?
>>> wulfy at localhost:~$ apt-cache show googleearth-4.3
>>> Package: googleearth-4.3
>>> Source: googleearth
>>> ...
>>> Description: Google Earth! 4.3 - binary files
>>>  The idea is simple. It's a globe that sits inside your PC. You point
>>>  and zoom to anyplace on the planet that you want to explore.
>>>  Satellite images and local facts zoom into view. Tap into Google
>>>  search to show local points of interest and facts. Zoom to a
>>>  specific address to check out an apartment or hotel. View driving
>>>  directions and even fly along your route. We invite you to try it
>>>  now.
>>>  .
>>>  .
>>>  This package contains binary files for Google Earth! 4.3.
>> There is also
>> me at localhost:~$sudo aptitude show googleearth
>> ...
>> This is a meta package which allows to install Google Earth! 4.2 or
>> Google Earth! 4.3. Site :
>> But how to specify 4.2 or 4.3 ??

You either get the latest, or you can download a specific file from Google
and use the --file option to install it.
> I did that, and I still don't get any executable that I can see. And the
> sudo says it can't find the package

Wulfy forgets how he actually did this :-)  There is no "googleearth"
package unless you make it yourself (or, I suppose there may be some
illegal downloads available - but not from Ubuntu).

wget \    
sudo aptitude install googleearth-package
sudo make-googleearth-package --file GoogleEarthLinux.bin
sudo dpkg -i googleearth*.deb 
sudo aptitude -f install

The first command gets the 4.2 version, because the 4.3 version really
doesn't work with this installer
(  Then install
the package builder.  The next builds a .deb.  Install the .deb, then run
aptitude with the -f option to get any missing dependencies.

Of course, I can't see a reason to do it this way rather than just
installing the shell script unless you're as obsessive-compulsive as I

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