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    Default Google earth install

    Hello, I just downloaded the GoogleEarth.bin and tried it to install with sudo sh, but it said that I wasn't running an x-server, does anybody know how I can get this to work?


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    There is no need to run googleEarth as a root user to install it. Download the latest version into your home area. Open up terminal, switch to its folder and run:

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    sh ./GoogleEarthLinux.bin
    We did run into one glitch recently and so read the following thread on the subject:

    For those having problems with Google Earth 5.2 Crashing

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcdaniel3 View Post
    There is no need to run googleEarth as a root user to install it.
    I want to add that it is probably not possible to install it "as root", in other words, to install it systemwide for all users.

    Please someone correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that Google does not understand how Unix/Liinux systems function. Thus an install of GoogleEarth as a poduct somewhere in systemspace (e.g. inside /opt or /usr/local) to be available for all users is impossible. Every single user has to do this for himself (as outlined above) and the program is thereafter in his userspace (home directory).

    This is of course not a desirable situation. I few weeks ago I had to install GoogleEarth thrice on the same system for three different users there (a grandfather for whome I install and manage openSUSE and his two grandchildren).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    I want to add that it is probably not possible to install it "as root", in other words, to install it systemwide for all users.

    Please someone correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that Google does not understand how Unix/Liinux systems function. Thus an install of GoogleEarth as a poduct somewhere in systemspace (e.g. inside /opt or /usr/local) to be available for all users is impossible. Every single user has to do this for himself (as outlined above) and the program is thereafter in his userspace (home directory).

    This is of course not a desirable situation. I few weeks ago I had to install GoogleEarth thrice on the same system for three different users there (a grandfather for whome I install and manage openSUSE and his two grandchildren).
    That's strange, I have it under /opt available to any user. I su to root when I install it, could it be sudo that makes the difference?

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    Using su or sudo is only a question of personal taste.

    I am glad you share your experience. I am in fact eager to go for some exprimenting here, but I have to go on a vacation for three weeks (this not being bad as such ).
    May be there is a test somewhere that checks who runs it and that then decides on /opt or $HOME as place to use. I definitely will try to install it system wide when I am back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Using su or sudo is only a question of personal taste.
    Not in my experience with default setup. Try running SuSEconfig with sudo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by consused View Post
    Not in my experience with default setup. Try running SuSEconfig with sudo?

    When you return, in the meantime have an excellent holiday.
    Hi consused, I agree on that. I just tested to install it with sudo and got the same eror as frank, so frank your options are to either install it as your normal user or su to root and install it.
    Check if you get installed under /opt if you use the su option.

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    Hi, hank. Thanks for confirmation. I don't have google earth installed, so downloading it to also try to install with su -.

    Does that mean it has to be downloaded and placed in /root?

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    consused wrote:

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    > Hi, hank. Thanks for confirmation. I don't have google earth installed,
    > so downloading it to also try to install with su -.
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    > Does that mean it has to be downloaded and placed in /root?
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    >

    It does not need to be placed in root.
    I installed it some time ago systemwide with kdesu it is then important to
    give the full path like

    Code:
    kdesu /home/martinh/Downloads/GoogleEarthLinux.bin
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    No just download it to your users download folder and make it executable.

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