How to Install Compat-Libstdc++ in Ubuntu

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Compat-libstdc++ is a set of libraries used to insure backward compatibility between older programs and the new programs of the Red Hat compiler. A library is a set of functions that programs commonly use (for example, to access the network or to read a file) and that is made available to the programmers so they do not have to rewrite them. Ubuntu will require that library to be able to run software written specifically for the Red Hat Linux distribution, such as Lotus Domino.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator password
  • Open your browser and go to the rpmseek site, which is a repository for Linux rpm packages.

  • Click on the latest version of "compat-libstdc++" and save the file to your desktop.

  • Go to "Application," "Accessories," "Terminal."

  • Type "sudo apt-get install alien." Press "Enter." Type in your administrator password. Press "Enter."

  • Type "sudo alien -i /Desktop/*.rpm." Press "Enter." Type in your administrator password. Press "Enter."

Tips & Warnings

  • The administrator password is the one you entered when you installed Ubuntu for the first time.
  • Ubuntu is case sensitive; "Desktop" is not the same thing as "desktop."
  • Download the "compat-Libstdc++" file for the "i386" architecture, not the "alpha" architecture, if you want to install it on your PC. The distribution is not relevant.

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