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    I recently installed 11.4. It's awesome. But when I tried to run opensong portable from my flash drive--the same file that I ran in openSUSE 11.3--it gives this dialog:

    There is no application installed that can open files of the type executable (application/x-executable).
    Do you want to try to install one?

    When I clicked "Install", it opened up yast and installed "TrackBalls", a game. I don't know how trackballs is supposed to help me run opensong.

    What am I missing? There should be no reason that I can't run this linux executable, right?

    Thanks.

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    This looks like a Windows app from the .paf.exe suffix. It won't work on Linux. Not everything in SF runs on Linux. In addition it looks like nothing has been worked on since 2009.

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    On 03/23/2011 05:06 AM, ken yap wrote:
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    > This looks like a Windows app from the .paf.exe suffix. It won't work on
    > Linux. Not everything in SF runs on Linux. In addition it looks like
    > nothing has been worked on since 2009.


    since he says "the same file that I ran in openSUSE 11.3" i _guess_ on
    11.3 he had WINE installed as well as it and the desktop/system
    configured so that .exe automatically were opened by WINE..

    maybe..

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    No. It's not a Windows executable. It's the Linux executable from the .deb archive here: downloads [OpenSong.org]. It ran in Ubuntu and openSUSE 11.3 and I have never installed Wine. What makes it portable is that you don't have to install the .deb. You just extract the executable onto a flash drive. So, I've got the Windows executable and the Linux executable on the same flash drive so I can run the same presentations on different computers.

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    Well I find it confusing, because it seems that there are two SF projects: opensong and opensong portable. Since you wrote opensong portable, I went to the website for that and only found an old .paf.exe.

    At the SF opensong project I only see a DEB package, which is for Debian/Ubuntu. I don't know if you can convert it to a RPM. However there is no guarantee that an executable compiled for Debian/Ubuntu will run on openSUSE. In fact that is no guarantee that a given executable will run on any platform other than the distro and release it was compiled for. Worst comes to worst you could build from the .tar.gz I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterEwok View Post
    I recently installed 11.4. It's awesome. But when I tried to run opensong portable from my flash drive--the same file that I ran in openSUSE 11.3--it gives this dialog:

    There is no application installed that can open files of the type executable (application/x-executable).
    Do you want to try to install one?

    When I clicked "Install", it opened up yast and installed "TrackBalls", a game. I don't know how trackballs is supposed to help me run opensong.

    What am I missing? There should be no reason that I can't run this linux executable, right?

    Thanks.
    Try to make a "Link to application ..." with the path to the executable as command in Konqueror or Dolphin. And/Or place it in your Kmenu.

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    At the SF opensong project I only see a DEB package, which is for Debian/Ubuntu. I don't know if you can convert it to a RPM.
    In oS 11.3, it didn't matter. I don't need to install on my computer, so it doesn't need to be RPM. I just had to open the DEB in Ark and grab the one file, the executable application, and put it on a flash drive. And I could run it from the flash drive in openSUSE 11.3. (That's what I meant by "portable"). But in 11.4, it's not working.

    Try to make a "Link to application ..." with the path to the executable as command in Konqueror or Dolphin. And/Or place it in your Kmenu.
    Could you tell me how to do that? Or point me to a web page that would show how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterEwok View Post
    Could you tell me how to do that? Or point me to a web page that would show how?
    Presuming you are on KDE ...

    Use Dolphin and navigate to your Desktop folder. Right-click, select "Create new", then "Link to application ...". In the dialog window that comes up, you give your custom application link a name and specify the path of the executable that you mention as the command.

    Similar with the Menu Editor, only that you right-click on the KMenu, or what it is called, and then create an entry in your applications menu. (Alt+F2 and 'kmenuedit' works too).


    *Maybe* that works. It is more a guess than anything else.

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    The "Link" didn't work. I created it on the Desktop, and when I click, it gives this message:

    KDEInit could not launch '/media/SWISSMEMORY/OpenSong/opensong'.


    I guess I just assumed that a linux executable file should open on any distribution of linux, but I guess I should put the issue to the opensong forums.

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    On 03/22/2011 07:36 PM, MisterEwok wrote:
    >
    > I recently installed 11.4. It's awesome. But when I tried to run
    > opensong portable from my flash drive--the same file that I ran in
    > openSUSE 11.3--it gives this dialog:
    >
    > There is no application installed that can open files of the type
    > executable (application/x-executable).
    > Do you want to try to install one?
    >
    > When I clicked "Install", it opened up yast and installed "TrackBalls",
    > a game. I don't know how trackballs is supposed to help me run
    > opensong.
    >
    > What am I missing? There should be no reason that I can't run this
    > linux executable, right?
    >
    > Thanks.


    Is the execute bit set on the file?
    Is the flash drive mounted noexec?

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