Installing WordPerfect 8 Personal Edition on Redhat 7.2
Written by Anita Lewis no 5-May-02.
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Installing WP8 on Redhat 7.2 is easy once you have two older rpms installed.
I bought a $3 cdrom with WP8 on it from www.linuxcentral.com. Shipping was
$6. It has the guilg00.gz file in directory core-lrg. That is the one that one
used to be able to find online. It also has the set of shorter files in a
directory called core-sml.
This edition of WordPerfect was made to install on earlier versions of GNU/Linux.
To install it on RedHat 7.2 you need to first install 2 rpms which come from RH6.2. These are
ld.so-1.9.5-13.i386.rpm and libc-5.3.12-31.i386.rpm.
- Download them from http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/redhat/6.2/i386/.
- As root: rpm -ivh ld.so-1.9.5-13.i386.rpm
- Then: rpm -ivh libc-5.3.12-31.i386.rpm
Next install WP8 as root.
- Create a directory. I called it wordp and I made it in /root
- Copy guilg00.gz from the cdrom to that directory.
- Then do: tar xzvf guilg00.gz
Don't be fooled by the lack of the tar extension on
it; it's a tar.gz file. That will produce a few files, two of which are
Runme and Readme.
- Readme tells you to run Runme. So first start X if you
haven't already and get an xterm. Change to the directory where the files
are that you untarred and type: ./Runme
- You should get a nice graphical
program with places to click OK as you read the License and install the
program. You just have to follow the directions. After it has finished installing,
it tells you that you need to go to the place where you installed it to run xwp.
Someone wrote to me trying to figure out why WP8
would not install on RH for him. He found out that the problem was that
he was running libsafe. He said in order to install or to run WP with libsafe he needed to do the following:
I use the following script to call wordperfect:
- remove the libsafe reference in /etc/ld.so.preload if this exists
- unset the environment variable LD_PRELOAD before running the installation script
- unset LD_PRELOAD before running xwp
exec /opt/WP8/wpbin/xwp "$@" &#!/bin/sh
Obviously the path to xwp must be adjusted to the directory chosen during installation.