[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
> example.)
> 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.

Welcome to Linux, land of poverty-stricken programmers and crazy socialists ;-).



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