Originally Posted by zuben el genub
I've typed in cd Downloads. Says no such folder. I'll try it the way you listed it.
Whatever is causing that is probably the whole problem.
I simply must have something on my system that makes Ubuntu run weird.
I either get no such folder, or you don't have permission.
I don't have the opt folder anywhere and can't create it. I've opened and looked through every folder listed and don't see it. I got the path Sys>users>local from a few answers. OPT ain't in that folder.
Or how to create the damn folder? Full path please.
@palmtree - I get as far as using the opt folder, terminal says it doesn't exist (it doesn't) goodbye and stops.
It's funny - the TAR.BZ2 for the older FX ESR which updated wrong worked.
I extracted to the downloads, clicked on the FX icon and it ran, albeit the wrong version.
I got the files for Skype and the Epson Photo V300 to work via terminal. FX ESR worked on Mint and 10.10 just the way you described.
BTW, what's the number sign mean? Enter? I've used>
zuben, you're doing this the hard way!
Please just give us a link to an actual file that you want to install, tell us where you want to install it, and we'll go from there.
I can see from the things you're saying that the real problem is a lack of experience with, and knowledge about, Linux on your part. That's not a bad thing, at all. As I said earlier, we ALL have to start somewhere. It's just that what's happening is you're getting yourself more and more confused because certain things we're saying aren't matching up with the way your [personal] file system is laid out. Like the downloads directory. *I* never, ever, ever set up users to have their own ~/downloads or ~/Downloads directory. So those never exist on computers I set up. But they *DO* have a downloads location! As I've said, mine go in /data/downloads; I always partition my hard drive as follows:
So my downloads directory is in /data. YOURS could be anywhere or nowhere, depending on how you're set up. ANY directory [that you have write access to] can accept downloads--there's nothing magical about the name downloads. All we need to do is figure out where YOUR downloads are going--and that's easy! I promise.
BTW, the "number sign" (actually "pound sign") is the $PS1 for root. Regular users' prompts are typically a $, while root's prompt is typically #. As with all things *nix, this can be changed, but that's sort of the de facto standard.