Install an older Google Earth release

I like to have Google Earth available. One of the features I like is the ability to view photos from almost any location. Unfortunately, the version available at the moment from SBo (7.1.4.1529) has some bug that prevents it from displaying places photos. This did not happen with version 6.2.2.6613. Unfortunatelly, finding an older version of Google Earth turned out to be quite difficult.

After several searches, I finally found a repository for versioned Google Earth packages from UbuntuUpdates.org.

I downloaded the googleearth_6.2.2.6613-r0_i386.deb and used as a starting point the SlackBuild script for version 7.1.4.1529.

I modified the google-earth.SlackBuild like this:

PRGNAM=google-earth
VERSION="6.2.2.6613"
ARCH=i386			# Since this is the arch google dictates
BUILD=${BUILD:-1}
TAG=${TAG:-_SBo}

CWD=$(pwd)
TMP=${TMP:-/tmp/SBo}
PKG=$TMP/package-$PRGNAM
OUTPUT=${OUTPUT:-/tmp}

# No flags/configure needed as it is just a binary repackaging.
set -e 

rm -rf $PKG
mkdir -p $TMP $PKG $OUTPUT
cd $PKG
ar p $CWD/googleearth_6.2.2.6613-r0_i386.deb data.tar.gz | tar xvz
cd $PKG

Now the programs displays photos from locations, as expected.

NOTE: Seems the download link I provided is dead at the moment, however googleearth_6.1.0.4857-r0_i386.deb is still available. I suppose the above instructions should work analogously for version 6.1.0.4857.

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