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Mosaic won't run

Posted on 1997-04-14
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When I try to run Mosaic by typing 'mosaic' within an xterm session I get the message 'Permission denied'.  I am running Slackware 3.0 on a Dell 486, ethernet connection to the company LAN which gives me internet access through a firewall.  I am logged in as root when I try this.
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by:ggeens
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Is your DISPLAY environment variable set correctly?

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Is your DISPLAY environment variable set correctly?

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Concerning the DISPLAY environment being set correctly, I doubt it.  'echo $DISPLAY' returns    :0.0     I have no idea what the possible DISPLAY environment settings are, much less which one I need.  I have a 1 meg video card, running 1024x768, 17" Taxan monitor.  Also using XFREE86 which appears to work other than Mosaic, that is I can open xterm windows and for instance Fractal and tetris both work.
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DISPLAY seems to be correct.
Can you tell me the permissions on the mosaic binary?
If you run ldd on this file, what are the results?
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Running:  ldd mosaic   returns:  
can't execute mosaic (permission denied)


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Try chmod +x mosaic
If it still doesn't work, your mosaic binary is corrupt, and you should find a new one.
(Try downloading from a Slackware mirror near you.)
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That helped, but It would be nice to get an explanantion of what chmod does/means.
I am now getting a bunch of 'Cannot load fonts...' and 'Cannot load usable strings errors...' and then finally a 'Cannot perform malloc', but I will do as you say and download a fresh copy.  If the above errors persist I will submit and new question.  Thanks.
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