I Can't Figure out how to open and play this linux file

t3chno

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I have this game I downloaded from itch.io, and it is the linux version, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to play it on my computer. I am on chromebook, and what I have is Linux(Beta). The file is too large to attach onto this, but the name of the file is DatingStartVN-1.0.2-linux.tar.bz2
The game is simply called Dating Start, if that helps any. I have been trying for weeks to play this, but to no avail.
 


JasKinasis

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.tar.bz2 is a compressed, archive format. Similar to .zip, or .rar.
So first you'll need to extract/decompress the archive.
To do this, open a terminal and use the cd command to navigate to your Downloads directory (or wherever you downloaded the file to. Then use the tar command to decompress the file
e.g.
Bash:
cd Downloads
tar -xvf DatingStartVN-1.0.2-linux.tar.bz2
That will probably end up creating a directory called DatingStartVN-1.0.2-linux/.
cd into that directory and there will probably be a shellscript or some other launcher/installer file.

Once you have found a launcher/shellscript, make sure it has executable permissions:
e.g.
Bash:
chmod +x nameoflauncher.sh
Where nameoflauncher.sh is the name of the shellscript/launcher.

Then you should be able to run the script/program/launcher.
Run the script in the terminal and see what output it gives.
If you're lucky - the game should start. If not - the error messages should give you some idea of what things might be needed.

For example, if this is a python based game, you might need to install some additional python libraries in order for it to run properly.
If the game is not pre-built and it's only in source form - you may have to compile/build the game. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We can tackle that later, if need be.

The first step is to decompress the archive and see what it contains.
Then make sure that any launcher scripts, or binaries have executable permissions. Then run it in the terminal to see if it runs, or displays any error messages.

If it runs - great!
If it doesn't, and it throws a bunch of errors and you are unsure what to do next:
Then add a reply in this thread, with any error messages that are displayed in the terminal when you run the script/program.

EDIT -
BTW - Once you have got the game working properly, you should be able to launch it from your GUI/file manager.
The reason I'm getting you to run it in the terminal at first is because it's going to be the only way to see any error messages/information from the game if it goes wrong!
 
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t3chno

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I am fairly new at using Linux, so I may be doing something wrong, but when I put in DatingStartVN.sh to test the chmod, it said that the operation was not permitted. Am I using the wrong name? If so, how do I find the correct one?
I also saw many 'python' files after it went through the -xzf command, if that changes anything at all.
I apologize for the trouble.
 

JasKinasis

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OK, well the file IS executable.
Maybe the reason you got an error was because the file was already executable - IDK!!

Either way - now that it is executable, it should just be a case of running:
Bash:
./DatingStartVN.sh
 
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LorenDB

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OK, well the file IS executable.
Maybe the reason you got an error was because the file was already executable - IDK!!

Either way - now that it is executable, it should just be a case of running:
Code:
./DatingStartVN.sh
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Might want to take out the icode ending tag there.
 

t3chno

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OK, well the file IS executable.
Maybe the reason you got an error was because the file was already executable - IDK!!

Either way - now that it is executable, it should just be a case of running:
Bash:
./DatingStartVN.sh
Well, I did this and this is what popped up instead.
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Ren'Py platform files not found in:

/mnt/chromeos/MyFiles/Downloads/DatingStartVN-1.0.2-linux/lib/linux-aarch64

Please compile the platform files using the instructions in README.md
or point them to an existing installation using ./after_checkout.sh <path>.

Alternatively, please set RENPY_PLATFORM to a different platform.
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