Linux installation methods - Servers

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Wdrussell1

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So, I have been out of the game for a while. I am used to just getting a bunch of files in a zip file and then FTPing them over to my linux server (CLI only) and starting it up. I now see there is a linux option. However i notice that these new downloads are actually installers for the apps. The linux one didnt work for me so i assume its not some script i can just run via bash or something else, it likely needs a GUI. Is my best bet going to be this installer on windows and the typical FTP of files.

Nothing else stream lined? It would be nice. Think of the linux guys!
 

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use curl or wget for the linux installer - there's no need for gui and it works fine with headless servers as well.
 

Wdrussell1

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use curl or wget for the linux installer - there's no need for gui and it works fine with headless servers as well.

So i should be able to run the installer as i would any other script? to be clear your talking about grabbing the installer directly using the same link i would click to download it.
 

wildkurt

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I download the Linux server installer into my server folder. Then I give it execute permissions "chmod +x ...." and then run it. Works fine for my Ubuntu Linux server using the command-line interface. I don't think it needs a GUI interface at all.
 

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I'm having trouble here as well. All I get is an "application/octet-stream" type file that has no extension. I assume it's a binary blob of some kind, but figuring out how to execute it was another story. When I use wget I end up with an extensionless file called "linux" that also does nothing.

I'm trying to download FTB Interactions.

This process was a whole lot easier when I could download a ZIP or TAR file, SCP it up to the server and then use secure shell to extract it. Can we have that again, or some sort of guide for how to use these new files?

I have no idea at this point how to get this install done.
 

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I'm having trouble here as well. All I get is an "application/octet-stream" type file that has no extension. I assume it's a binary blob of some kind, but figuring out how to execute it was another story. When I use wget I end up with an extensionless file called "linux" that also does nothing.

I'm trying to download FTB Interactions.

This process was a whole lot easier when I could download a ZIP or TAR file, SCP it up to the server and then use secure shell to extract it. Can we have that again, or some sort of guide for how to use these new files?

I have no idea at this point how to get this install done.

Get the file, change permissions and run it from command line - does that not work?
 

Silvermane

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No, it doesn't. I've allowed execution, but there's no way to actually run the file. I can't do it with bash, and I don't know what else to use. I'm running Ubuntu Server 20 LTS with no GUI.

Running with bash throws "cannot execute binary file" as expected.

Just running the file straight produces "command not found" instead.
 

Silvermane

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I just 'solved' this by downloading the windows executable, running it, then zipping the files and uploading them to my server. Wouldn't it be easier to just roll back to the old method of downloading a ZIP file with all the server bits in there?
 

wildkurt

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When I did it on my Ubuntu Linux server I did the following:
1. Downloaded to the file I wanted to install the server to
2. Opened a terminal window
3. I then typed in "chmod +x <filename>"
4. then I typed in "./<filename>" and it ran the program which asked me if I wanted to install.
5. Typed in yes and hit enter
6. It downloaded all the server files
 

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No, it doesn't. I've allowed execution, but there's no way to actually run the file. I can't do it with bash, and I don't know what else to use. I'm running Ubuntu Server 20 LTS with no GUI.

There's no issues with using a server without a GUI.

I just 'solved' this by downloading the windows executable, running it, then zipping the files and uploading them to my server. Wouldn't it be easier to just roll back to the old method of downloading a ZIP file with all the server bits in there?

You are most likely doing something wrong along the way - and the answer for now is no, there will not be any zip file for download.

Try and follow the instructions above - this is kind of normal for running Linux servers using only command line.
 

Silvermane

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I must be missing a command somewhere. For the moment, I won't worry about it, but I'll give this a try again next time I want to start a server. I can see how it could be an effective way to deliver a server pack, and I've not used curl all that much amazingly.

Thanks for clarifying this, however.
 

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I know this is pretty delayed, but I'm guessing someone else will land here eventually since this is the only Google result for the 'cannot execute binary file' error that is on FTB's website. So I made an account just to answer this issue here on this forum.

The issue the OP is having is that you need to download the correct installer for the hardware on your server. In this case, OP probably needed to download the arm linux server installer. Pretty simple solution, and I'm surprised no one suggested it here in this thread.
 

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Just running the file straight produces "command not found" instead.

Sounds like you are just typing the name in bash, thus no command found.. to execute an executable or script you need to chmod +x the file, then do ./filename the dot slash is what makes it execute. I run headless Ubuntu server without any issues (except failed downloads sometimes)