sean finney on 16 Sep 2009 01:28:40 -0700

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

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 10:15:24PM -0400, Gordon Dexter wrote:
> 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:

it looks like deadware.  the author has a "new" 1.2 version on their website,
which can be read properly by ldd (i don't know wtf the deal is with the
other, i didn't think there was such a thing as an incompatible version of
ELF).  but unfortunately, one of the libraries it needs is libstdc++2.8,
which is prehistorically old.  old like, "7 stable releases of debian ago" 

out of curiosity, have you considered giving a try to a Free-as-in-speech

rangda[/home/sean] apt-cache show xword                                      :)
Package: xword
Priority: optional
Section: games
Installed-Size: 176
Maintainer: John Sullivan <>
Architecture: all
Version: 1.0-5
Depends: python, python-gtk2
Suggests: python-gnomeprint
Filename: pool/main/x/xword/xword_1.0-5_all.deb
Size: 23114
MD5sum: 35268ec72e9bf95a8f7e3ba714391167
SHA1: 078899a2b4b9f1f6f494ffe5091e2b01934b5231
SHA256: e3357ed46bbe57204cbfd2de1e7d049f0180d3209bb1153111a2db588a68803e
Description: Reads and writes crossword puzzles in the Across Lite file format
 Xword is a GTK+ program that works well for doing crossword puzzles in the
 Across Lite file format used by The New York Times and others. As well as a
 clock, it supports printing. It also auto-saves puzzles as you solve them so
 that you can return to partially completed puzzles.
Tag: implemented-in::python, interface::x11, role::program, x11::application



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