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How do I install Navicat on Ubuntu Desktop 12.04?

I have just configured a new Ubuntu 12.04. Because I'm not so familiar with the command line, I prefer to use Ubuntu Desktop so that I can have a GUI. Now I need to install a front-end to connect with MySQL.

I prefer to use Navicat in a MAC environment, so I was hoping to install Navicat on the Ubuntu machine. I downloaded a Linux copy of Navicat for MySQL from here:

http://www.navicat.com/download/navicat-for-mysql

The problem I am having is that I don't know how to install the program after it has been downloaded. There is a navicat.exe file in the navicat folder, but that seems to be for a DOS/Windows environment.

I just can't figure out how to install Navicat onto Ubuntu Desktop 12.04. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
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You can install navicat on client computer, not necessary on Ubuntu, the server. Exe is a Windows binary. You use the tar file for Ubuntu. See this link to install navicat.

Not sure what you mean?
I prefer to use Navicat in a MAC environment, so I was hoping to install Navicat on the Ubuntu machine.
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by:DanielAttard
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Thanks for the help.

I am looking at the link you provided, which tells me:

To start Navicat, you can use the command ./start_navicat .

I have navigated to the folder where this file is located, but when I enter `start_navicat` in the terminal window, it tells me `command not found`

What is the exact syntax I should use, and where should I enter it?

What am I doing wrong?  Still can't get the file to run . . .
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you need to enter the exact command, with the ./
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by:DanielAttard
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Thanks again.  Now I entered the command exactly as you said:
./start_navicat

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This time no error, but the program still does not run (at least nothing in the GUI is running).
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My issue here was that because I was on a 64-bit box I needed to install all 32bit libraries
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs 

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and I also needed to install wine runtime environment
sudo apt-get install wine

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Once these were installed, then simply had to:

1. Download Linux version of Navicat, and per online manual:
2. Open or Save the gzip file.
3. Extract the file into anywhere you wish.
4. Open the unziped folder.
5. Double-click start_navicat to start your Navicat. Please note that it would take a while for starting-up.
6. A Registration screen will then be popup, key in the Registration Key (16 digit) and click Activate to online activate the key.

After this everything is working fine.  Thanks for your help.
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ID: 39160376 suggested user downloaded wrong OS binary.
ID: 39161237 suggested user entered wrong command.
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