Tuesday Jul 15, 2008

RealPlayer 11 / Helix on OpenSolaris 2008.05

A coworker of mine asked me if I could have a go at trying to install RealPlayer 11 on OpenSolaris 2008.05, and report and issues, if any.

So I did. An no, no issues at all.

However, there does not seem to be a IPS pkg available for this (yet ?), so I did it manually.

I point to http://pkg.opensolaris.org:80 and http://blastwave.network.com:10000  and http://pkg.sunfreeware.com:9000

Here's what I did:

Pointing your favorite browser (Firefox of course comes with OpenSolaris) to http://www.real.com  gets you straight to the download page:

NOTE: although this page talks about "RealPlayer 11 for Linux", the browser itself recognized which operating systems I am running. It seems that the snapshot utility did not capture this - but the title bar of Firefox does actually say "RealPlayer for Solaris and OpenSolaris".

Download the compressed tar ball by clicking on "X86 Installer".

Copy or move the file, called something like "RealPlayer11Gold-x86.tar.bz2" into a directory of your choice.
I created one called "RealPlayer" under the user's "demo" home directory.

# mv RealPlayer11Gold-x86.tar.bz2  /export/home/demo/RealPlayer

Unzip and untar the file.
NOTE: before I untar a file, I ALWAYS look into its content first, to see if it will create its own directory, or if it extracts just a bunch of files, which could created a huge mess if you untar it for example in your user's home directory.

# bunzip2 RealPlayer11Gold-x86.tar.bz2
# tar tvf RealPlayer11Gold-x86.tar
# tar xvf RealPlayer11Gold-x86.tar

Then, just start the player and it will go through the setup automatically:

# ./realplay &

Go through the setup wizard, accept the license, etc, and that's it !



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