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Descent 3 question

Posted: Thu May 14, 2009 17:44
by cackerso
As I understand it Loki software and an offshoot of it, icculus.org are are both things of the past. Is it possible to get help to get the Descent 3 demo to run or to get a copy of Descent 3 for Linux anywhere?

Actually there are places but I guess Descent 3 is considered a collectors item that is selling for outrageous prices. So, is there a Linux installer for the Windows version of the game available?

Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 20:27
by kratz00
Hi cackerso,
Ixsoft offers a package which consists of the Windows version and a Linux installer:
http://ixsoft.de/cgi-bin/web_store.cgi? ... 300CD.html

I have no idea what they did and if it's legal ...

Whats the matter with the demo?

Posted: Sat May 16, 2009 1:54
by cackerso
I set the downloaded file to executable. When I run "./descent3-demo.run" I get the following error:

"Verifying archive integrity...tail: cannot open `+6' for reading: No such file or directory
Error in check sums 1357418358 1169715285".

I have no idea what this means.

Posted: Sat May 16, 2009 10:39
by kratz00
Try it this way:

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_POSIX2_VERSION=199209 sh ./descent3-demo.run

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 17:28
by cackerso
OK, in the interest of full disclosure. It turns out, although labeled as "demo" the file I had turned out to be a patch which none the less wouldn't run until I used the command you gave. Then of course I couldn't do anything with it because I had nothing to patch.

So I searched and finally found the real "demo" file. It wouldn't run either until I used the command you provided. But all that happened is that a directory called "descent3-demo" was created. There was nothing in it. Weird. Anyway do you have any idea what's going on? And secondly what does the command you recommended mean? Why would it work and the basic execute command not work? I'd be happy to do a bit of reading if you can suggest something.

Thanks,
cackerso

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 18:34
by kratz00
Hi cackerso,

you are right, what I have found is also only a demo. Seems like it requires the loki_demos tool to be installed. I could not find a standalone demo, where can I get it?

Here is some information about _POSIX2_VERSION:
http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/m ... mance.html

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 20:04
by cackerso
Hi,

Here's the link. Unfortunately you have to sign up with file planet to get the download.

http://www.fileplanet.com/47284/downloa ... -for-Linux

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 20:13
by cackerso
Hi again,

Well I downloaded it at work and it installed fine with the command you posted. It runs fine. Same distro of Linux just a different computer. I'll copy what I've got and take it home and try it. Maybe I just did something wrong when I was trying to run it at home.

Any way as before thanks for all of your help, particularly for the link to the site about POSIX.

Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 23:01
by kratz00
You are welcome.

Really strange fileplanet.com is the only place which has the 'standalone' Descent 3 Linux demo. I wonder whats about all the other Linux demos by Loki?!

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 10:35
by rettichschnidi

Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 21:00
by kratz00
rettichschnidi you should have checked the file before posting :p
It's also only the update installer :(

Posted: Fri May 29, 2009 14:04
by rettichschnidi
oh, my bad :(

Re: Descent 3 question

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 23:34
by march
kratz00 wrote:Really strange fileplanet.com is the only place which has the 'standalone' Descent 3 Linux demo. I wonder whats about all the other Linux demos by Loki?!
It's an old thread I know. :wink:

That's how I got the Demo working (with _POSIX2_VERSION=199209 sh ./file):
Perhaps this could be used to build an installer for the windows-version of that game?!? For this small chance I just ordered a copy for experimental use. ;)

Re: Descent 3 question

Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:30
by mat