[K12OSN] distributing stand alone program

Peter Scheie peter at scheie.homedns.org
Sat Mar 29 01:09:34 UTC 2008

It sounds like the gerwin program may be a startup shell script that has some 
relative paths, such that when it's called, it looks in places such as


with the assumption that lib/ is within the present working directory ($PWD). 
Have a look inside the program file, and if that's the case, you may need to 
edit some paths and make them absolute, e.g., /usr/share gerwin-0.6/lib rather 
than lib/.


Eric Brown wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've got a problem that I feel I should know the answer to, but I've
> not done this in an LTSP environment before.
> I would like my Advanced Web Design students to build their databases
> using GNU Ferret (formerly Gerwin, at
> http://www.gnu.org/software/ferret/project/project.html).  After
> trying out a few dozen different database building tools, I think this
> may be one of the easier ones for them to use.  You download a zipped
> package, which I've unzipped.  I've put the folder with the program
> files in /usr/share/gerwin-0.6.  I created a soft link in
> /usr/share/bin to the gerwin program file, but the user gets the error
> "Could not find" something " in /src".  I believe it's trying to
> access files in a subdirectory in the program folder, but isn't able
> to find these files because of the link.  I also tried creating a
> launcher to the executable, but nothing happened  (I believe due to
> the same error).  I'm pretty confident it's not a permission problem
> (my typical mode of failure) because a user can navigate to the
> program folder, and run the program from there.  I'd like to keep this
> as simple for the students, as I know databases and mysql is going to
> be enough for them to wrap their mind around.
> What am I missing here?  I'm sure its possible for a user to make a
> link one time to the program that they can just click on.  It would be
> nice if this were in the yum repository, but I also don't mind
> learning how to get these links right.  If it matters, I'm running
> K12LTSP on Fedora 8 (I think).
> Thanks,
> Eric
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