This How-To will explain how to install FrostWire, a free BitTorrent client. FrostWire is a fork of LimeWire, and was previously a hybrid Gnutella and BitTorrent client. Unlike most other BitTorrent clients, FrostWire is able to search for, and download torrents from many major trackers.
This software is Java based, so you will need Java installed. As of Dec. 2010 only 32-bit version is available.
Installing FrostWire using the Debian .deb file
Download the Debian/Ubuntu installation file from the FrostWire website at http://www.frostwire.com.
Once the .deb file is downloaded, simply double-click on it to install FrostWire. See InstallingSoftware for other methods.
Common Problems and Work Arounds
If you recieve an error such as this
# Starting FrostWire... # Java exec found in PATH. Verifying... # OOPS, you don't seem to have a valid JRE. FrostWire works best with Sun JRE available at http://www.java.com # OOPS, unable to locate java exec in /usr/lib/ hierarchy # You need to upgrade to JRE 1.4.x or newer from http://www.java.com # ls: /usr/java/j*: No such file or directory # OOPS, unable to locate java exec in /usr/java/ hierarchy # You need to upgrade to JRE 1.4.x or newer from http://www.java.com # ls: /opt/j*: No such file or directory # OOPS, unable to locate java exec in /opt/ hierarchy # You need to upgrade to JRE 1.4.x or newer from http://www.java.com
****************************************************************** Something went wrong with FrostWire. Maybe you're using the wrong version of Java? (FrostWire is tested against and works best with with Sun's JRE, Java 1.4+) The version of Java in your PATH is: java version "1.6.0" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0-b10) OpenJDK Client VM (build 1.6.0-b10, mixed mode, sharing)
Simply type in sudo update-alternatives --config java then select the alternative that includes "sun" in the name. See also Java.
Problems specific to those upgrading to Hardy Heron
When upgrading to Hardy, Java becomes confused and will not allow Frostwire to start. Reconfigure java properly with the following command:
sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun
Always "Starting Connection"
Assuming your firewall, router, etc., are all set up properly, then there is a known issue in which a hosts-like file is out of date. Make sure you shut down Frostwire first (i.e. right click the tray icon and select "exit", do not just minimize it). Get http://mc3.electronicbox.net/gnutella.net and save it to ~/.frostwire/gnutella.net. If there is already a gnutella.net file, it is prudent to copy the old one to gnutella.net.old. Frostwire apparently creates its own backups of the file, and you may have to delete gnutella.net~ in order for it to find the new one.
Lock up During Search
A possible fix is to go to Tools -> Options -> Searching -> Basic and uncheck the "Show License Warning" box.
It is beyond the scope of this article to explain port forwarding and UPNP. Use Google, the Forums, or another resource to learn about those things. The relevant Frostwire-specific informations/settings can be found in Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Firewall Configuration.
This version of Frostwire's Debian/Ubuntu deb contains a file that is improperly formatted. The 4.10.9-2 version no longer has this problem. If, after installing the .deb, you receive the following errors when running frostwire from a terminal:
: command not found: : No such file or directory : command not found: : command not found3: 'unFrost.sh: line 24: syntax error near unexpected token ` 'unFrost.sh: line 24: `look_for_java()
you should do the following. You must first install the sysutils package (sudo aptitude install sysutils). Then issue the following command to change the format from dos to unix: sudo dos2unix /usr/lib/frostwire/runFrost.sh
This version of Frostwire's Debian/Ubuntu deb contains a shell script that incompatible with the default installation of Ubuntu. If, after installing the .deb, you receive the following errors when running frostwire from a terminal:
runFrost.sh: 44: Syntax error: "(" unexpected (expecting "}")
You should run the following command:
gksudo gedit /usr/bin/frostwire
or if you're using Kubuntu:
kdesu kate /usr/bin/frostwire
Changing line 3 from: