Google Earth On EL6.x X86_64

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Has anyone gotten 64-bit Google Earth to run on el6 x86_64?

It dies almost immediately, complaining for lack of Perusing user forums at google I see a few others with the problem, but no (working) solutions.

Thanks in advance!

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  • Fred,

    You will need to install the following 32 bit packages

    1. redhat-lsb.i686
    2. mesa-libGL.i686
    3. mesa-libGLU.i686

    I get this to work on my laptop a few days ago.

  • thanks Earl, I’ll give it a whirl.

    I did “ldd /opt/google/earth/free/googleearth-bin” and got back a list of a dozen or so “not found” items, would you be willing to check on your system and see what you get back? (that might be because it has not been thru the preceding shellscript that might set up some ENV
    to point to the right places, I suppose.)



  • you will also need to rename /etc/fonts/conf.d/65-fonts-persian.conf to something that doesn’t end in .conf. there is a bug in google earth that breaks with large xml font config files that are larger than 8k. you could probably also remove comments and so forth from the file to make it smaller if you need to have persian fonts :-).

  • I think it should be able to resolve all “external” libs via standard path.

    You probably need to install 32-bit versions of a lot more libs, like Qt and the basic X11 stuff. The real problem here is that libraries used is not listed in the package requirements. Not to mention the fact that the so-called 64-bit package actually contains 32-bit binaries. Or at least, that’s the case for the one I have –

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    Yes, I did the modifications given earlier by Earl and one other poster and now google earth starts up.

    but it complains there’s no usable graphics card, and only displays the menus/borders/etc, with the main view window being empty/black.

    I do have a supported graphics card (Nvidia GeForce 9800GT), and have the nvidia drivers installed.

    can anyone advise how to make GE recognize it? I’m guessing it’s failing because Google seems to be distributing 32-bit binaries instead of 64-bit binaries, but I’ve no clue how to fix this.

    Clues will be appreciated!

    thanks in advance.


  • try to install the nvidia 32bit compatibility libraries. if installed using the nvidia installer it asks you, if installed from elrepo use

    nvidia-x11-drv-32bit package