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Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: Skale in Linux FAQ

here's a small start for a FAQ, about running Skale Tracker in Linux.

If some questions do not solve your problem, or you had to do something else to fix something,
please let us know, so the post can be updated.


  • Can i run Skale Tracker in Linux?
    Yes you can! It has already been confirmed by people, that it works in distros like, Red Hat / Fedora Core, Gentoo, Mandrake, SuSe and Debian.

  • Do I need anything special to run Skale in Linux?
    You need to have LibSDL installed. However, this might already be installed on your system. To check if you already have it, you can execute the following command:
    ldd Skale.x86 | grep 'libSDL'
    if you have LibSDL installed, you should see something similar like this:
    libSDL-1.2.so.0 => /usr/lib/libSDL-1.2.so.0 (0xb7f5d000)
    if it is not installed or not installed properly or partially, you should see something like this:
    libSDL-1.2.so.0 => not found
    In this case, (re)install LibSDL through your distro's 'installation system' like (apt-get or emerge) or download and install it from the LibSDL site.

  • How do I install Skale Tracker in Linux?
    here is an overview of steps you should do to get Skale Tracker to run:

    • Download the Skale Tracker zip files to your system.
      In this example, i stored the v0802 pack zip file in the user's home directory.
    • Now, unzip the Skale Tracker pack
      unzip skale0802.zip
      This will unzip the files to a newly created directory called Skale0802.
    • Change your work path to the new Skale directory
      cd Skale0802

    • Correct some file permissions
      Set execute permission on the Skale application for Linux.
      chmod 0755 Skale.x86

      Set write permissions on the config file, to be able to save config changes.
      chmod 0766 SkaleLinux.cfg

    • Now you should be able to start Skale in Linux
      Remember: you have to start Skale Tracker from the Skale directory!

  • I get a SEGMENT FAULT message when i try to start Skale!
    Messages like,
    Fatal signal: Segmentation Fault (SDL Parachute Deployed)
    during the start of the program, can be related to not having LibSDL installed, or just not fully/correctly. The (re)installation of LibSDL fixed this problem for some people. See the second question in this FAQ, "Do I need anything special to run Skale in Linux?", for more information on this topic.
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