How to install software?

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How to install software?

Post#1 by Standard User » 11 Mar 2014, 09:58

Good day,
few weeks ago I decided to move to LInux, tested a bunch of distros. So far Porteus seems an ideal choice. The problem is - my Linux "skills" are mostly limited to copying and pasting googled commands to terminal :) So I can't find out how to install any additional software in Porteus. I've read, there is Porteus Package Manager, but, as far as I understood, it is temporary removed from current build and USM should be used instead. Could someone provide an example, how to install, let's say, VLC player or WIne? (I've tried to read USM help, but still can't manage to install anything )
Another question - is there a way to edit an existing keyboard layout in Porteus?

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Re: How to install software?

Post#2 by freestyler » 11 Mar 2014, 10:19

the first time you use usm you will need to update it so that it gets a package list
so in terminal type:

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usm -u all
then, for example if you want to download vlc type:

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usm -g vlc
follow the prompts and it will download all the packages to /tmp/usm/
From there its as easy as right clicking and selecting convert to xzm module.
-To activate them right click and choose activate
-To load these packages everytime you boot, you will need to copy the modules to the /porteus/modules/ folder on the hdd you installed porteus on.
dont forget to read the faq and docs on the porteus.org page.
https://www.porteus-apps.org

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Re: How to install software?

Post#3 by Standard User » 11 Mar 2014, 19:29

Many thanks for a response!
From there its as easy as right clicking
It still was aerial acrobatics, compared to Windows or other Linux distros, but I really liked the idea of portability. Thanks again.

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Re: How to install software?

Post#4 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 19:48

OK maybe i am dumb but how exactly doi get wine installed ? I just got this today and am running a laptop with no HD it died last nite :(
i am not sure about deb files or any of that stuff. i have the 64 bit version here

I have no prob installing google voice plugin. or flash.

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Re: How to install software?

Post#5 by francois » 25 Apr 2014, 20:08

Welcome standard_u :)

Are you sure you have usm:
panel menu > system > usm

There should be no deb files with this package manager.

I am in usm now. Please select wine-1.7.14- finishing with alien.txz.

Have a look at the last post of this thread. I just gave the same explanations:
viewtopic.php?f=81&t=3385
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Re: How to install software?

Post#6 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 20:29

yup ok set ing for creat subfolder merge modules and convert to modules its downloading now

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Re: How to install software?

Post#7 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 20:48

ok now i got one folder with a whack of files in it some are txz and some are xzm one for each file i guess how do i install this ?? if i use usm and install slackware folder it just says its done in no time at all like instantly thats singtoo fast i think doesnt seem to have done anythiang as far as i can see
i am usinf xfce

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Re: How to install software?

Post#8 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 21:08

now usm say its installed but i dont see it anywhere i have an config wine button in the s
etting panel but it dont do antything when i click it

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Re: How to install software?

Post#9 by francois » 25 Apr 2014, 21:14

Now in the file manager select view and sort by file type. Keep the modules which are those ending by .xzm, delete the others.

Then take the whole wine folder and move it to /porteus/modules so that it will start at bootup (in that folder modules will be automatically activated at each reboot). Reboot.

Or activate each module one by one by double-clicking on them. Wine should then be in the panel menu.

If there is a problem with your wine package and libraries installation, try wine in command line and give us the output.
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Re: How to install software?

Post#10 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 21:26

they are all activated just the win configuration button shows up still does nuthing running at command line does this
guest@porteus:~$ wine
bash: /usr/bin/wine: No such file or directory
guest@porteus:~$

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Re: How to install software?

Post#11 by francois » 25 Apr 2014, 21:51

Did you try thru rebooting completely? It is as if wine was not installed.
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Re: How to install software?

Post#12 by Slaxmax » 25 Apr 2014, 22:10

for wine in system x86_64 you need compat32-libraries
here: http://ponce.cc/porteus/x86_64/current/ ... 64-1sl.xzm

Edit: porteus have module wine in xzm
here: http://ponce.cc/porteus/x86_64/current/ ... 1alien.xzm

Activate compat32-libraries and wine modules.
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Re: How to install software?

Post#13 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 22:15

just rebooting and starting over now i have no hard drive and it wouldnt let me write to the cd . it is a rw cd but i guess i goyta use thunar just processing wine again now. how do i write to the cd it wont give me permisson

this is the error message i get when activating the wine modual

Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.
the rest all give no errors and ack being activated

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Re: How to install software?

Post#14 by brokenman » 25 Apr 2014, 22:32

You can't expect to download and save files (with persistence after rebooting) unless you have a physical writable place to put them. I recommend installing Porteus on a USB device or at least using the USB device to save your files to and using the changes= cheatcode (see documentation).

The idea is that after you download and convert your Porteus modules (*.xzm) you put them in the porteus/modules folder on the media you installed Porteus on. They are then available every time you boot. Grab the file suggested by slaxmax if you are using 64bit.
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Re: How to install software?

Post#15 by kerfy » 25 Apr 2014, 22:58

my usb stick is only 65 Mb. i have no HD it died last nite. i have porteus on a RW-DVD . i got 4 gigs of RAM.
Now are you saying I have to reboot to install wine ?
Obviously I am very new to this system Linux its my first day after all.. :)
I have not got to the "how to make changes to the boot CD " stage yet , but it seems I may already be there ..lol
I got a few more blanks to play with. i'll look inthe forums here for a fast, "how to update the CD " lesson.
Meanwhile , I used the file suggested, it doesnt return any errors, it says wine activated , however i dont see wine in any of the menus all i find is the wine config button/icon whatever its called in the settings menu of the appplication menu. It does nothing when selected.
I'm guessing i can pop out the boot cd and put in another to save these files on if igotta keep rebooting ?? :%) :o :shock: :wall: :crazy:

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