Gordon Dexter on 15 Sep 2009 19:15:32 -0700

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[PLUG] Ok, this is really weird. File exists... until I try to execute it

My dad just got an Eee 900 with the default Linux install on it (which I 
plan on replacing with Ubuntu soon) and the first thing he wanted to do 
is crosswords on it.  The NY Times has a free version of a crossword 
program, and it even has a Linux version!  So over the phone I help him 
download it, untar it, and try and run it, only it says it doesn't 
exist.  So I figure I'm getting confused or something because it's over 
the phone, so I try it and, it says it doesn't exist.  It's the 
strangest thing I ever saw:

gdexter@buffy:~/Desktop/acl$ ls
acrossl  LICENSE  man  Puzzles  README
gdexter@buffy:~/Desktop/acl$ file acrossl
acrossl: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), 
dynamically linked (uses shared libs), stripped
gdexter@buffy:~/Desktop/acl$ ./acrossl
bash: ./acrossl: No such file or directory
gdexter@buffy:~/Desktop/acl$ ldd acrossl
/usr/bin/ldd: line 117: ./acrossl: No such file or directory

I google it and there are forum posts of people having the same problem 
with it, and none of them have any solution or even any idea what might 
cause that.  There's a file there, no question, but when I try to run it 
it's as if it didn't exist!  Has anybody seen this weirdness before?


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