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I downloaded the blender software from its official site and I read the installation procedure. It stated that blender can be run from any drives/partition on Ubuntu and all we must do is extract to the desired location.

But blender only runs on the root directory folder (/home for example). And I need it to run on my D drive where I have all my blend files from windows. So is there any way to run blender on any of my partitions?

  • Do you have a D: drive in Ubuntu? Why don't you use repository version? It's easier and safer to install: sudo apt-get install blender in Terminal. – Cornelius Apr 23 '14 at 8:57
  • no I don't want to use that, and moreover it installs blender in the /home directory. I want to know how to use the application by using the files from the compressed zip file which you download from the blender site. And I need that runnable in my other drives rather than the root. But anyway thanks man! – ganezdragon Apr 23 '14 at 10:18
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Probably you are talking about where Blender saves/loads user files. That paths are different from application's installation directories. Blender from repos doesn't install in /home directory. It has its main executable in /usr/bin and most of its required files in /usr/share/blender.

You might want to check this: File -> User Preferences

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Anyway if you want to use the version from http://www.blender.org/ and not from Ubuntu repos just extract archive contents to any folder/drive you like and launch blender's main executable blender. If it doesn't work open a Terminal and cd to the folder where you extracted the archive then:

sudo chmod +x ./blender
./blender

Linux is not Windows. The so called root partition is Linux's main filesystem and any other partitions are mounted in folders that are in the root drive. No C, D, E... drives. Just one big filesystem where you can add contents from other partitions/disk drives/USB drives by mounting them to any folder you wish. If blend files from windows refers to Blender's setup file for Windows, then you should know it's useless on any Linux.

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  • @ganezdragon but what about installing the repo version and changing those paths? – Cornelius Apr 24 '14 at 8:16
  • I have done as you said but there is an error "./blender: Permission denied" And as far as the repository and PPA version, Can I have the installed files in my local drive? rather than the root? – ganezdragon Apr 24 '14 at 9:59
  • @ganezdragon no. If you install form the repo you must run simply blender – Cornelius Apr 24 '14 at 10:00
  • Is there any way I can just extract and run the software? Because I have lot of other software like android development kit,eclipse etc. which are in compressed zip format. – ganezdragon Apr 24 '14 at 10:10

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