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I was able to install the executable version of minecraft.jar for Linux, but I cannot seem to be able to install Modloader or any mods. I install the mod like I would on a PC- delete META-INF and then move the class files to minecraft.jar. Once I install Modloader and the mod which I was trying to install, which was the Timber mod, I try to execute the file and it doesn't load.

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Are you absolutely sure that you didn't try to mod the launcher? It can be confusing that there are 2 minecraft.jars, but remember that, as on Windows, you must mod the one in your bin folder. (Please tell me you didn't save the launcher there...) –  JamesTheAwesomeDude Nov 11 '12 at 15:17
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Perhaps you just did it with the minecraft launcher. This is also a jar file for linux. Are you sure you edited the file ~/.minecraft/bin/minecraft.jar and no other?

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Installing Minecraft mods in Linux is no different to doing it in Windows, and the steps you're describing appear to be correct.

Minecraft is a bit fiddly with mods and it's easy to break it if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, do not install dependencies or, say, have a wrong version of the mod.

Remove the broken minecraft.jar (or the whole bin folder) and repeat the steps.

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I'm assuming you used the launcher minecraft.jar instead of the correct one, I made the same mistake.

You need to do the steps you mentioned on the minecraft.jar file within ~/.minecraft/bin/. Then, when you are done, replace the minecraft launcher, the minecraft.jar file that you downloaded with a fresh copy.

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