Linux Mint woes

Alan Milewczyk alan at
Sun Jul 5 01:40:50 PDT 2015

Belated thanks to Jim and to Colin Law for their practical help and 
thanks to them for actually reading my plea for help (I'm afraid replies 
along the lines of RTFM/"works here" aren't helpful when I thought I'd 
done all that). Anyway, I followed their instructions (and repeated what 
I thought I'd already done) and the update seems to have held and things 
are working fine now. Cheers guys.


On 01/07/2015 15:34, Jim web wrote:
> In article <5593E85A.10005 at>, 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?
> I suspect the key point is to ensure you're using the version you
> installed.... up to a point. :-)
> Assuming you're using the instructions on the main webpage that explains
> how to go about this:
> FWIW I use the wget approach to fetch the package, but I assume curl will
> do the same.
> I fetch in this way into a directory of my choice in my 'home' storage
> space. I then use
> chmod  755 ./get_iplayer
> (note the ./ ) to set the permissions for the result.
> I do *not* then install get_iplayer system wide. Instead I call is when I
> need it giving the pathname to where it is on my 'home' storage - i.e. in
> my user space. I don't install it as 'root' for all users.
> So if its at
>   /home/jim/danada/get_player
> I'd run it with the command
> /home/jim/danada/get_iplayer
> followed by the options, etc, I want.
> I'm not saying that because I'm suggesting you do as I do. But to show that
> if you have gip 2.92 installed as a system-wide package it will respond to
> being called by
> get_iplayer <options>
> but if you installed 2.94 'locally' and didn't then copy it into place to
> be system wide, you'd need to call it via the local pathname
> /home/whoever/...  /get_iplayer
> hence its quite possible to have two (or more) versions on the machine at
> the same time.
> Look to see where in your home storage space you put it and chmod it at
> first. If it is still there, that may be 2.94 for use 'locally' whilst you
> may still have an earlier version that will be called by a plain
> 'get_iplayer' command.
> I'm just guessing this may be the root (pun alert!) of your problem.
> FWIW2 I quite often have more than one version of something 'installed'.
> e.g. ffmpeg. I use the standard distro version via it being installed as a
> system command. But have an 'up to date' version in a directory I can call
> via its full pathname.
> Jim

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