Racer beta downloads - Linux
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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.
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:
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
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
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.
(last updated December 30, 2014 )