OpenCyc/ResearchCyc in Ubuntu


This post was originally published in 2008
It may contain stale & outdated information. Or it may have grown more awesome with age, like the author.

The following are the exact steps I took to get OpenCyc running in Ubuntu 8.10. Without this thread I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

1) Install Java. In a Terminal:

~$ sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

2) Download OpenCyc

3) Unpack the downloaded file and move the folder to whatever directory

4) Within the OpenCyc folder, locate the “scripts” folder and open it. Open each script in Gedit and change the first line from*:

SHELL = /bin/bash

*Taken from DashAsBinSh.

5) In a Terminal, cd to the OpenCyc/scripts directory, then do:

(for 64 bit)

~$ echo SuSE-9.2-x86_64 > platform-override.txt

(for 32 bit)

~$ echo SuSE-9.2-x86_32 > platform-override.txt


~$ ./

Note that the first time OpenCyc is run you may be in for a long wait – it took about 10~15 minutes on my laptop.

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