Re: Loki Heretic II in RH9
From: C. P. Weidling (cpw_at_rahul.net)
Date: 07 Jan 2004 13:28:37 -0800
"Jeff Lloyd" <email@example.com> writes:
> I am a Linux newbie, so I apologize for that right off the bat.
> I recently got the subject game and installed it on my system without
> incident. Upon installing it, there was no icon, no direction on how to run
> the game. I actually had to install the game while logged in as root. I am
It's usually the case in the linux world that root permission is
required to install system wide software. This way, naive, trusting
users don't inadvertently install viral code, since they don't have
permission. Of course, if you're new to linux, you have to be root
to do things even though you lack experience. But at least you can
only let yourself be root when you're being extra cautious.
> using the Gnome interface. My system is an Intel Pentium 4 Machine.
> Upon consulting the manual, it says "To run the game, enter heretic2 from
> the command line within X". (LOL)
> W H A T T H E H E L L I S "X" ????
X is X windows, the graphical interface used in linux. If, when you start
out, you've got a command line interface with nothing but text against a
blank screen, you're in command line mode. You should be able to get into
graphics mode with the command 'startx', however, with Redhat, the default
is to already be in graphics mode so that's probably not the problem.
What you need is a terminal window within X and there should be an icon
under the main window labeled 'terminal' that you can click on, or maybe
it's in a sub-menu under the main menu (which has an icon of a red hat)
like "system tools". Anyway, getting a terminal window and clicking in it,
or doing whatever is necessary to change the focus to that window, gives
you a command line interface within that window from which you can type
commands like 'heretic2'.
But I wonder how you even got the thing installed without a command line.
> Better yet, did a search for "heretic2" on the entire hard drive and came up
> with nothing...
> I am beginning to feel really stupid using this OS...sorry for the sarcasm,
> but if anyone can set me strait I would greatly appreciate it.
I bought heretic2 from Loki shortly after it was released. I played it
and it worked fine. I put away and went through various upgrades of my
system, until I had a sort of clone of RH9 from Edmunds-Enterprises. One
day I dusted off my CD of heretic2, installed it, and tried to run it,
and it didn't work. The install process is broken. It copied a lot of
stuff to /usr/local/games/heretic2, but it never copied over the actual
executable of heretic2. Really weird. I don't know if something went
wrong with the CD itself, or there's something about the RH9 configuration,
or what. All I know is, it used to work, and I hope it works for you.
You may also have a later revision of heretic2 from loki, because, with
my version, you wouldn't even be able to get it installed without a
command line interface, which you don't seem to know about.
> Thank you.