Linux Mint woes

Colin Law clanlaw at
Wed Jul 1 06:34:27 PDT 2015

On 1 July 2015 at 14:17, Alan Milewczyk <alan at> wrote:
> I'd love to like Linux but why is it such a struggle????
> Running a dual boot Win 7 x64/Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca 64 bit system and
> previously installed get_iplayer v2.92 on the Linux partition. It's
> Wimbledon, the season of humungous file sizes so I turn to Linux to do the
> honours without burping on the large files...... so I try to install GiP
> v2.94. It finally works (after I've ripped out what little I have left of my
> hair)... until I boot up today and find the system is on v2.92 ???????
> Can someone please explain in monosyllabic step by step terms what I need to
> do to update to v2.94 please?

cd ~/Downloads                    (or some other directory)
curl -kLO
chmod 755 ./get_iplayer

# To check working

# install it to /usr/local/bin
sudo install -m 755 -p ./get_iplayer /usr/local/bin

# check that the path is set correctly to pick that one up rather than
the system one in /usr/bin
which get_iplayer
# should display /usr/local/bin/get_iplayer
# if it doesn't and you don't know how to set the path then come back,
telling us the output from
echo $PATH

The reason for not overwriting the system installed one is that if an
update appears to the Ubuntu version it would overwrite your latest


> I'm losing the will to live.... :-(
> Thanks
> Alan
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