[Newbies] Setting up a squeak on a Ubuntu system
Michael van der Gulik
mikevdg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 20:59:59 UTC 2009
On 3/25/09, Jerome Peace <peace_the_dreamer at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am old to squeak but new to unix systems.
> I have been able to install etoys successfully from the squeakland web site.
> And I have been able to download and unpack zip files for etoys-dev and
> squeak 3.10.2 from archives. The files are in a personal home directory.
> I am ignorant in how to tell my Ubuntu 8.04 system how to connect an image
> file with a squeak vm. (E.G. the vm that runs the installed etoys for
> What do I need to know?
Well, I always use the command line because I find the UI cumbersome,
but there's a learning curve there. I also usually use a simple window
manager such as IceWM rather than the whole Gnome environment because
all I ever do is check email and run Squeak.
Usually the "shell" used is called "bash", which makes a good Googlable term.
Install and run xterm or rxvt using the package manager (because the
default gnome-terminal sucks). Type in:
$ cd (directory where your image is)
$ squeak someImageFile.image
Usually, the directory where the image is would be "~/squeak" where
"~" is your "home directory". If you saved the image on your desktop,
then it would be in "~/Desktop/folderName".
Oh, to install Squeak, I just usually manually chuck the executable,
plugins, image and sources in the same folder. This is because I often
have multiple versions of the Squeak VM around.
If the squeak executable is in your "current" directory, you need to use:
$ ./squeak someImageFile.image
because otherwise "bash" won't look at the current directory for
executables (a security feature).
For fancy stuff you can do with Squeak, type:
$ squeak --help
which gives you VM options.
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