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RACER FOR LINUX

This document describes getting the Linux beta versions up. This beta version is highly recommended over the latest 'stable' version, which is a couple of years old by now. Getting the Linux beta up & running is a bit more work than on Windows; I hope to make the steps better as more information becomes known about Linux installation quirks.

REQUIREMENTS:

You can alternatively use Wine and just run the Windows version.

INSTALLATION OF V0.5.4 BETA 1 (LATEST)

I just prepared a Linux box for the Racer port which will hopefully last longer so beta's won't take as long to arrive as they used to. To install this Linux version of Racer:

alternatively:

As you download cars & tracks, you will find that content created on Windows has some case issues. The installation also contains a 'lowerize' command. After adding cars and/or tracks, run 'lowerize data' from within ~/racer to search & correct filenames with uppercase names.

OTHER USEFUL RACER TOOLS FOR LINUX

Linux files are case-sensitive, so 'README' is not the same file as 'ReadMe'. This generates some confusion since most cars & tracks are created on Windows, where case is not an issue. To rename files to lowercase, adjust ini and shader files, a utility is available on SourceForge, called 'Racer File Fixer'.

Get Racer File Fixer from here.

INSTALLATION OF V0.5.3 BETA 6 (OLDER VERSION)

This version also appears to at least run on: Mandriva LE2005.
Compatible graphics cards are at least: ATi Mobility Radeon 9700.

Follow these steps for a manual installation:

Next, to run, first try:

If that doesn't work, try:

Editing settings can be done using 'vi racer.ini', error checking after a run can be done with 'cat QLOG.txt'.

CREATING A SHORTCUT ON GNOME/UBUNTU

This method may work on other Linux variations as well.

As posted by Bub73 on RSC:

Click on the Gnome panel and select Custom Launcher. Then under Basic enter the command 'racer'.
Next click the advanced button and add under 'Try this first': cd /usr/local/games/racer053b5/ or sudo cd /usr/local/games/racer053b5/ if needed. The path to racer = "cd /usr/local/games/racer053b5/"; yours will be where-ever you installed Racer.

f the above command line doesn't work try ( sh -c " cd /path/to/racer053b5/ && ./racer")
without brackets but with the quotes in the command field and delete the advanced try first field mentioned above.


Lastly I choose racer.xpm for an icon and clicked ok. Racer now starts from the desktop with just one click of the icon on the panel.

OLDER BETA VERSIONS

TROUBLESHOOTING

Some common problems:

TROUBLESHOOTING - UBUNTU

Problem (on Ubutu 7.04 for example):

./bin/racer: error while loading shared libraries:
libstdc++-libc6.2-2.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file
or directory

Solution (thanks to Marco Papi for this):

Run as root:
sudo apt-get install libstdc++6-dev
sudo apt-get install libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2

 

For other problems, check out the troubleshooting page.


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(last updated November 13, 2012 )