Thanks. I'm still not sure about everything, but I think I have a better idea.
>> I used XTerm to access root, hence the "command not found." >>
This I don't understand. If you want to access root, I assume you mean you want to su to root. You open Xterm and at the prompt, type
Then you have to type your ROOT password at the password prompt. Hit Enter and you should now have a root prompt at which you can type commands that require root access. When you're finished doing root things, type
at the prompt and you'll be back at your user account, still in Xterm.
Apparently you were trying to use Gslapt to install the VirtualBox .run file. Am I right? Well, Gslapt installs only VectorLinux/Slackware packages. It doesn't install RPMs, DEBs, bin files, or run files. So forget about Gslapt for this file.
This is how you use Gslapt:
* Click on Gslapt in the Vector menu (like the Start menu) under System. You will have to give your user password.
* Click on Update in Gslapt in order to update the package lists.
* Type the name of the program you're looking for, or find it in the Name column of the package lists. Click on the Status box and select Install.
* When you've selected all the programs you want to install, click on the Execute button.
* On the Summary screen, expand the lists so you can see what is about to be done and make sure it's what you intend. Then click on OK.
Your programs will be downloaded and installed. A screen will come up when all programs are installed. You can leave Gslapt and you'll be user again. Your programs should be listed in the Vector menu.
With VirtualBox-3.0.12-54655-Linux_x86.run, you don't run Gslapt or slapt-get to install it because it's not a Slackware package. I haven't done this, but generally with a file like that you'd su to root, open Midnight Commander by typing
at the root prompt, highlight the VirtualBox-3.0.12-54655-Linux_x86.run file in the Midnight Commander file list, and make the file executable. You do this by clicking on File in Midnight Commander, then chmod. Then click on Execute/Search by Owner and Set. The file should now be executable. The file should now have an asterisk by it in Midnight Commander.
Now you actually have to execute (run) the file. To do this, while still root in the file's directory in Midnight Commander, hit Control-o (that's an Oh, not a zero). You'll be at a prompt in that directory. Do a
command to confirm that VirtualBox-3.0.12-54655-Linux_x86.run is there. Then at the prompt type
and hit enter. You don't need to type the whole program name. Just do
and hit the Tab key and the file name should complete. This command should start the installation script that is in the VirtualBox-3.0.12-54655-Linux_x86.run file you downloaded.
Note that I haven't done this. I'm just going by what works for other files of this type.
I highly recommend that you go tohttp://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/07.System/VirturalBox-Install/VirtualBox-Install.htm
and follow the directions in the tutorial. They are slightly different from mine but should get you to the same place. Plus the tutorial tells you how to proceed once VirtualBox is installed.
I still don't know what tar.gz file you're talking about or where you got it. Ordinarily just typing the file name followed by tar.gz isn't enough to install a file. It just uncompresses it and opens the archive. You have to do something more to get the file installed.
If something is unclear, please let me know. And also tell us if you're successful with VirtualBox. Good luck!