How to install UT2003 on Linux

After installing the brand new Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) yesterday I stumbled upon this post listing the top games available for Linux.

When I saw, that UT2004 was supported by linux natively I remembered, that I own the predecessor: Unreal Tournament 2003.

Since UT2003 is a good LAN game, and I run into some troubles while installing it on linux, I wanted to publish a quick guide:

  1. Put in the third CD-Rom
  2. Mount it: $ mount /media/cdrom
  3. Change the directory: $ cd /media/
  4. Start the installation: $ ./cdrom/
    In case you got the following error: Verifying archive integrity…tail: “+266” cannot be opened you can try the following line instead: $ _POSIX2_VERSION=199209 ./cdrom/
  5. Follow the instructions of the installer

You can change the CD-Rom with these commands:

$ sudo umount /media/cdrom
Now you change the CD and mount it again:
$ mount /media/cdrom

You probably get this output if you enter your CD key:
Please enter your CD key: <key here>
Please reenter your CD key: <key here>
[: <key here>: unexpected operator
[: <key here>: unexpected operator
Your CD key entries don’t match. Try again.

To circumvent this, just press Ctrl-C and do the following:
$ cd ~/ut2003/System
$ echo “your cd key” > cdkey

You should now be able to start UT2003 by typing $ ./ut2003 in the installation directory (usually ~/ut2003).

I had another problem:
./ut2003-bin: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

The problem was, that I had version 6 installed: A symbolic link to the newer version didn’t work, so I installed the old package:
$ sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

Now you should be able to start UT2003 without a problem.

If you can’t use your mouse, in the menu, you might want to disable fullscreen mode.

Do you know any tweaks others would want to know?

One Response to “How to install UT2003 on Linux”

  1. Keito Says:

    Nice one. The glibc error was hurting my head! Who’d ever think to try “_POSIX2_VERSION=199209” ?

    Then the next hurdle of CD Key entry was beginning to grate too.

    Your guide came in helpful.


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