I am very new to Ubuntu and I'm struggling. Currently running 16.04 and I've installed Vuze via Ubuntu Software. The manual install was problematic for me.

When I click on a magnet link in Firefox it asks which app I want to open with. Transmission is shown but Vuze isn't listed. I click on 'Choose another Application' but I don't know where the application is. I can see /snap/vuze-vs with various sub-folders; 3, common and current each with their own sub-folders and files, but I have no idea where/what the actual 'executable' is.

Can anyone help? I have Googled extensively but can't find an answer.

  • Look at this old thread: askubuntu.com/questions/89393/… to see if it helps – Graham Jul 23 '18 at 7:32
  • Have you looked in /snap/bin? – muru Jul 23 '18 at 7:37
  • Thanks, but I don't know what I'm searching for. In windows I'd look for '*.exe' in the sub-folder. – themictionary Jul 23 '18 at 7:38
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    If the executable is called vuze, you can just whereis vuze. Files are just files, but an executable file has it's +x (execute) stat enabled. For example whereis ls tells me its in /bin/ls with manual for it in /usr/share/man/.... A stat /bin/ls shows me the stats for ls, and file /bin/ls tells me the type of executable etc.... – guiverc Jul 23 '18 at 7:42
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    Thanks @muru, it is there. Thanks guiverc also, some useful new commands for a newbie like me. Andrew, it seems to be available on 18.04 as well. Running in to new issues now but I'll try to figure it out. This is a crazy new world to me. – themictionary Jul 23 '18 at 11:51

My suspicion is that your installation of vuze on Xenial Xerus 16.04 is problematic. (Possibly you have used the snap packaging system which I confess to cordially disliking!)

Reverse whatever steps you have taken and remove your installed copy of vuze using the Ubuntu Software application, then follow the following steps in sequence:

1. Install some prerequisites:

Install the following by copying the entire code box and pasting into a Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install ca-certificates-java fonts-dejavu-extra java-common \
java-wrappers libbonobo2-0 libbonobo2-common libbonoboui2-0 \
libbonoboui2-common libcommons-cli-java libgif7 libglade2-0 libgnome-2-0 \
libgnome2-0 libgnome2-bin libgnome2-common libgnomecanvas2-0 \
libgnomecanvas2-common libgnomeui-0 libgnomeui-common libgnomevfs2-0 \
libgnomevfs2-common libjavascriptcoregtk-1.0-0 liblog4j1.2-java liborbit-2-0 \
libswt-cairo-gtk-3-jni libswt-gnome-gtk-3-jni libswt-gtk-3-java \
libswt-gtk-3-jni libswt-webkit-gtk-3-jni libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 \
libwebkitgtk-1.0-common openjdk-8-jre openjdk-8-jre-headless

2. Download and install vuze:

Use the bare Debian files rather than PPA magic, issuing the following 3 commands one at a time:

wget http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb/ubuntu/pool/apps/a/azureus/azureus_5.7.5.0-1~getdeb1_all.deb
wget http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb/ubuntu/pool/apps/a/azureus/vuze_5.7.5.0-1~getdeb1_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

On my system this leaves vuze in a location that is easy to find:

andrew@corinth:~$ sudo find /usr -iname vuze
[sudo] password for andrew: 
/usr/bin/vuze              <-----------

The arrow of course is my own addition :)

3. Set magnet links to vuze:

Click on a magnet / torrent link in Firefox and if vuze is not an immediate option (competitor would be transmission) you can easily navigate to vuze and select this as the new default. See the screenshot below for this seen on my own system:

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This worked easily on my Xenial system and hopefully will on yours as well :)

  • @themictionary Great news :) – andrew.46 Jul 24 '18 at 6:24

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