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I am trying to install Mathematica 9 on a Ubuntu 13.10 system. I had this working on my previous 13.04 version but now it breaks on when trying to unpack the sh archive:

$ sh Mathematica_9.0.0_LINUX.sh
Mathematica Secured 9.0.0 for LINUX Installer Archive

Verifying archive integrity. 
Extracting installer. ...........................................................................
CRITICAL FAILURE: Fundamental Error
 Installer text not found.

sudo sh ... produces same error, the md5 hash checks out ok.

Anybody encountered this problem, and more to the point, figured out what is wrong? I submitted a ticket to Wolfram support but no luck there so far.

Thanks for any ideas to try.

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Make sure there is no space in your directory name. –  alephalpha Feb 19 at 5:19
Yes I tried making it executable (should't make a difference and it didn't). Yes 'sh' is the right shell for interpreting the archive. Sticking point now is that my activation code doesn't work since the fingerprint of the machine is different after OS upgrade... –  SEngstrom Feb 19 at 5:20
@alephalpha as you can see there are no spaces in the directory I was working from. –  SEngstrom Feb 19 at 5:21
try renaming the .sh file to mma9.sh (something without dot and dash) and then run it. –  Hubble07 Feb 19 at 9:38

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I worked around this by directing the shell archive extraction to keep the files:

sh Mathematica_9.0.0_LINUX.sh --keep

Then I cd'd into the Installation directory and ran the installer from there. Note that the temporary directory will named after the process number you ran the extraction in so will differ from what I had:

cd .4725/Unix/Installer
sudo MathInstaller

... success. Now to convince Wolfram to give me a new activation code for the upgraded machine.

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Now upgrading to Mathematica 10.0.0 - Archive extraction still breaks, this time under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Fix above still seems to work. –  SEngstrom Jul 11 at 16:19

I installed Mathematica 10 by copying the .sh insatalled to the Desktop and renaming it to "Mathematica.sh" then typing this command in the terminal:

$ cd Desktop/
$ sudo sh Mathematica.sh 

it installed correctly.

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