I’m trying to move the help folder from the manual folder I downloaded. I moved it out of the unzipped folder and am trying to move it into usr/share/audacity, but it won’t go.
A second look at the instructions says:
Note: Root permission will normally be required to modify the /usr directory. Try running a sudo unzip command from a terminal ( for example, sudo unzip ~/Desktop/audacity-manual-2.1.3.zip -d /usr/share/audacity/ ).
I don’t know what this means. Should I start all over?
That’s using the text-base commands instead of the graphic interface.
You can do that on a Mac, too. Mine would look like this.
Last login: Wed Aug 26 19:45:32 on console lucille:~ koz$ ls -al total 96 drwxr-xr-x+ 22 koz staff 704 Aug 26 19:45 . drwxr-xr-x 5 root admin 160 Aug 11 2018 .. -r-------- 1 koz staff 7 Aug 11 2018 .CFUserTextEncoding -rw-r--r--@ 1 koz staff 30724 Aug 24 08:53 .DS_Store drwx------ 2 koz staff 64 Aug 26 19:45 .Trash drwx------@ 66 koz staff 2112 Aug 8 16:25 Library drwx------+ 10 koz staff 320 Jul 25 10:00 Movies drwx------+ 7 koz staff 224 Mar 6 2018 Music drwx------+ 5 koz staff 160 Aug 1 2016 Pictures drwxr-xr-x+ 6 koz staff 192 Mar 15 12:40 Public lucille:~ koz$
Sometimes you need that if what you want to do requires more executive horsepower than you have, or that the machine wants to give you.
I don’t remember all the spells, but open up a text window or shell and execute commands as “Super User” rather than normal you.
That’s what sudo is. That’s short for Super User DO. Execute something as a Super User. You can quickly run some programs like that rather than closing the computer and logging in as an actual high-power Super User and then reversing it all later.
That’s what the instructions say: sudo. So I’ll just start over and use that command. Tomorrow!
sudo unzip ~/Desktop/audacity-manual-2.1.3.zip -d /usr/share/audacity/
“sudo” means “super-user do”, which means “computer, do this as if I was the super-user root”.
“unzip” is the command to extract the contents of a ZIP file. The syntax being:
Obviously “~/Desktop/audacity-manual-2.1.3.zip” needs to be the actual audacity manual ZIP file, and “/usr/share/audacity/” needs to be the actual location of Audacity in the system. If you built Audacity from source, the location is likely to be “/usr/local/share/audacity/”.
My installation failed. I don’t have a zip file. I have tar.xz. That did not work so I used the command ending with “zip.” it did something because the terminal switched to another window called “Own Editor” and there it sits blinking, but I don’t know what to enter into that window. I’ll just leave it open until I learn what it is. I tried to open the manual from Audacity and it still says that it’s not installed. What am I sposed to do in Own Editor?
That’s the wrong file.
The manual is available from here: Audacity download latest version
Click on the text link that says “Audacity Manual”. That will give you the file “audacity-manual-2.4.2.zip”