PacketTracer

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PacketTracer is an application for Cisco students that allows network simulations and training using Cisco/Linksys products (like routers/switches/wireless hardware).

I used to run it under Wine but the Linux version is now available, unfortunately it is only for Ubuntu/Debian and Fedora/Red Hat. But of course it can be installed on Arch (what can't you do with Arch? :) with a little work.

- Run the installer. While it displays the license agreement, DO NOT DO ANYTHING! Go to another terminal and run "find /tmp -iname *.deb". - Grab the .deb file, put it somewhere (like ~/tmp) and issue this command:

bsdtar -xf PacketTracer-5.0-u.i386.deb data.tar.gz

- Decompress the data.tar.gz file, it will create a folder 'usr' within the currently directory, and within 'usr/local' there is a folder 'PacketTracer5'. Move it to /usr/local.

- To run: /usr/local/PacketTracer5/packettracer. Enjoy :)

Looks ugly, but you can fix this and make it grab your system theme by symlinking the Qt libraries in /usr/local/PacketTracer5/lib/ to the ones in /usr/lib, e.g.


libQt3Support.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQt3Support.so.4 libQtCore.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtCore.so.4.3.3 libQtGui.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtGui.so.4.3.3 libQtNetwork.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtNetwork.so.4 libQtSql.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtSql.so.4 libQtXml.so.4.3.3 -> /usr/lib/libQtXml.so.4