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Install GridWars on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

by Pierre-Yves Landuré last modified 2008-06-02 08:44

GridWars is a clone of XBox 360 game Geometry Wars. I've worked to create a package for this game in order to ease its install on Ubuntu. This article help you to install GridWars from the Debian package I've created.

Screenshot Grid Wars

Fast and obfuscated

The following command lines summaries this guide. It allow you to install Grid Wars very quickly. First, setup your sudo environment :

sudo echo

and copy / paste the following command lines in your terminal :

echo "# Lone Wolf games packages for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
deb hardy games
deb-src hardy games" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hardy-landure-games.list
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install gridwars
You can now play to Grid Wars by clicking on Grid Wars shortcut in the Games menu of Gnome.


First, we add the repository containing xrick to our apt configuration :

echo "# Lone Wolf games packages for Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
deb hardy games
deb-src hardy games" \
| sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/hardy-landure-games.list

We download the GPG key used to sign this repository :

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

We update the list of available packages :

sudo apt-get update


installing on 10.04 netbook mix

Posted by stan at 2010-09-16 13:17
Hi Pierre, your article really helped and even such noob user as I am (using Linux for 2nd day) managed to install the game on my Acer One. The problem is it has installed, half way asked for some libdsl package which I managed to get, but now when I try to launch it from shortcut absolutely nothing happens. Maybe u have any clues about what´s going on. Thanx anyway

trouble installing

Posted by Gabriel at 2010-12-21 22:12
Hello Mr. Landure! I am trying to install this game but currently i'm in a standstill. After i run the last line in terminal, wich is suposed to install gridwars, i get this message:
Reading package lists... Done
gabriel@gabriel-desktop:~/Desktop$ sudo apt-get -y install gridwars
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
gridwars: Depends: libstdc++5 (>= 1:3.3.4-1) but it is not installable
E: Broken packages

I did all of this under Ubuntu 10.04. I hope you read this. Best of luck!

me too

Posted by guest at 2011-06-01 02:34
it also says something wicked has happened. is this a joke?


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