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Old 11-21-2003, 02:09 AM   #1
dbarrington
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Question Just a couple Newbie Questions(BASIC KELP)


ok. I got redhat 9 the other day and am a complete newbie. I see that linux is cool and all, but I did alot of stuff with windows. So i gave a couple short questions:

-----When I want to "compile" a tar.gz i download, what do i do? I've seen people say you type ./configure, make............ but where do i type this crap!!!
Then i think i got one to work under KDE because i read you can push ctrl-T to get a terminal. It was mpg123. So it finished or whatever.......and WHERE IS IT?
I even installed an RPM of WINE and cant find it anywhere.

-----I am also very unfamiliar with the folder mapping, like /root/usr/bin ...........
What is all that in comparison to windows, C:/Windows/whatever

-----ONE LAST THING. I have WinME and Redhat 9 on a dual boot wih seperate partitions. The linux partition doesnt show up under MY COMPUTER in windows. I need to figure how to get files i download for linux on winMe, into my linux stuff so i can use them. I dont want to burn a cd or something for the same computer.

-----WAIT ONE MORE. How i do determine my pc architecture so i know what to download?

Anyway thats all i can think of for now. Sorry about my unintelligence but i am brand new and dont know much of whats going on.

P.S. I could mention having trouble with Winmodem but i know everyones heard enough of that, so i'll get it.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 07:31 AM   #2
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when you compile a program, you do it in the terminal, also, i would suggest you to take a look at the 'readme' or 'install' files that usually come with the program.
when you wanna find out where you installed the program, i guess you could use the locate command, for instant, type 'locate mpg123' in the terminal.
by the way, the readme files usually indicates where the file will be installed (by default) and how to execute the program.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 08:33 AM   #3
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These two should answer most of your questions:
Linux Directory Structure
Compiling From Source

As for your architechture, that's the type of processor your using, which is just going to be called i386, or ia32 or intel-pc or something similar if your using an intel based pc.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 06:22 PM   #4
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THANKS

Thanks guys it helped some, but i have one more question.

What If i installed a program through an RPM? It runs and then it says its installed but i cant find it. The program was WINE. Cant find the actual program anywhere.

Does anyone know where i can download mpeg audio and video codecs all in one?

THANKS EVERYONE
 
Old 11-21-2003, 06:33 PM   #5
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try
Code:
whereis wine
or
Code:
find / -name wine | grep -i wine
to find the path where wine is installed
 
Old 11-21-2003, 08:41 PM   #6
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Re: THANKS

Quote:
Originally posted by dbarrington

Does anyone know where i can download mpeg audio and video codecs all in one?

[/B]
are you refering to codecs package like K-Lite Codec Pack?

i dont know any of that out there, but if you download xine or mplayer, they should come with most of the codecs to watch most of the clips.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 10:04 PM   #7
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Read the wine documentation (winehq.com); that can explain everything much better than I can, about wine. Try getting the Adobe Acrobat Reader (the win98 version should be good) and install that to test your installation of wine.

BTW, using RPMs didn't work for me, the only way I got wine running was to compile it from source. RPMs are easier and faster, but sometimes they just don't work, for me anyway.
---
After installing something, it should be in the menus (might need to logout and then in again, or run MenuEditor [in KDE, right click on the little K in the lefthand corner of the taskbar] and just save without making any change to update the menus).
If it's not, you can probably find the executable for a program in /usr/bin.
Or open a terminal and type the name of the program, usually that opens it.

---
You'll get used to the filesystem arrangement once you learn what all of it is. Soon it will probably make more sense to you than the Windows layout does!
---
I did a quick Google, maybe this would be able to read your Linux partition from Windows if you are using ext2 or ext3? There might be better tools, Google a bit to see what you can find.

http://uranus.it.swin.edu.au/~jn/linux/explore2fs.htm

It's not safe (yet) to write to your Linux partition from Windows though.

---
Hope all of that made sense...

Last edited by mary; 11-21-2003 at 10:17 PM.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 01:16 AM   #8
dbarrington
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thank you all

Thank you everyone who has helped me. Great Stuff, Linux is cool. I just need a macromedia Studio replacement!
 
  


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