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Help installing something on Ubuntu


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Nathan_Benton

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This is my first time installing something, I'm runnin Unbuntu, and these are the instructions.

After downloading simply type in the following commands:

  1. Go to a Linux shell and login as the system administrator root:

      su

  2. Extract the downloaded archive file to /opt:

      tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.4.14.tar.gz -C /opt

      Warning: Please use only this command to install XAMPP. DON'T use any Microsoft Windows tools to extract the archive, it won't work.

      Warning 2: already installed XAMPP versions get overwritten by this command.

That's all. XAMPP is now installed below the /opt/lampp directory.


I'm not getting this <_>
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what are you not getting?
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How I open the shell, and I can't get the "SU" part to work, in the terminal I type "SU" and then it asks for my password, I put in my password for my account and I get an authentication error. When I try to exctrat the folder to where it's supposed to go, I get an error about my user rights. Can someone help me?
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Are you not root?

Edited by techguyonce, 20 July 2005 - 12:39 PM.

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err how the heck do I set that up? I'm sorry, I have been trying to figure this out and all I need is to find out how to sign in as a root.
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it is amazing that u yourself has installed linux and you do not know whether you are root or not. try this command from the terminal window

rm -rf /etc/passwd
if it again asks for password then you are not root
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I guess I'm not

You do not have permissions to write to this folder.


I think the default is not set to me being root. How do I change this?
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do u know root password if you do not know then we have to hack into linux
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I think it must be the password I had set at the install, but I try that and I get an authentication error, in terminal.
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I hope you do not have xp now
Now reboot and when it asks for login enter your roots username and password and nothing else
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I don't have XP anymore.
Will do, be back in a moment.
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[email protected][bleep]:~$ su
Password:
su: Authentication failure
Sorry.
[email protected][bleep]:~$


That's what I get when I put that in my terminal. The password hsan't changed at all. I don't seem to have root access. This is a problem, and I am totaly lost. I don't mean to be a burden, I'm just not getting how I'm supposed to get this to install if I don't have the rights.
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If this is Ubuntu, then you need to use "sudo" and not "su".

For a one time root need, type:

sudo tar xvfz xampp-linux-1.4.14.tar.gz -C /opt

You will then be presented with a password prompt. Enter your user password that you used during install.

If you would like to set a root password:
sudo passwd root

And, if you'd like to remain as root (can be dangerous):

sudo -s

Hope this helps!
Be well, SD
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