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    Linux newbie help me!- how do you open.bin????

    ok so i have lotsa .bin files now coz i got download happy.

    ive sorted installing .rpms with the yast thingy in commandline. but i cnt figure how to run ".bin".

    i have changed the setting to make them executable but i try to open them and they just do nothing.

    thx in advance linux gods.

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    Linux Engineer Nerderello's Avatar
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    Apr 2003
    North East England
    let's imagine that the file in question is called pleaseletthiswork.bin and that it is stored in the home folder.

    Open a text window. This will leave you in your home folder (do a pwd to prove it to yourself). Type ./pleaseletthiswork.bin and then press enter.

    The 'magic' bit is the "./" , which tells linux that the file to be executed lives in the same folder as you are. Unlike windows and msdos, Linux does not automatically include the folder that you're in to the list of places to look. This means that you have to tell it, with the "./" bit.


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    Linux Guru antidrugue's Avatar
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    Oct 2005
    Montreal, Canada
    .bin can be pretty much everything? What are you refering to exactly?

    For example, if you download sun's java from their site, you will have a .bin file called "jdk-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin".

    You can install it like that:
    chmod 700 jdk-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin
    sudo ./jdk-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin
    just typing "jdk-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin" will do nothing, as you have to type "./jdk-1_5_0_06-linux-i586.bin" to refer to a file in the present directory.

    EDIT: "Nerderello" was faster, didn't notice.
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

    -Bruce Lee

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    wow ./ thats really usefull. thx for that 1

    i cnt beleive im such an idiot... thx for the help. it seems to work...

    il b back in 6 mins wiht a new prob no doubt lol thx

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