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Old 11-10-2009, 03:44 AM   #1
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Is there something like an 'Installation-Wizzard' for Linux-Applications ? ...


I have the Problem to install some Programs .. which I get from '01net' ! ... the README-Directions don't work ! ... 'make install' ask for Target .. and Directory ! ... how to write those directions ? ...

is there an Installation-Wizzard for Linux ? ... like they have it for Windows ! ... or ... how to install a program from the Outside ? ...

that's the Question ! ... from Casey972 ..... like Firefox-3.5.5 ! ... or 'Coyote' .. or 'Wolverine' .. or 'WifiScanner' .. or 'ZipCracker' ? ..

thank's for your Answers !... or your advice ....

C a s e y 972
 
Old 11-10-2009, 04:44 AM   #2
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In Mint - it's called Mint-Install ...
that's the wizard.
 
Old 11-10-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ!

First, always install using the package manager if possible--in the post above, it looks like it might be called "Mint-Install", but look for something that says "install software" or similar. You might --eg--have Synaptic or Adept, also.

If you do install something that is not available in the package manager, then there are several methods, including compiling from source code. The "READ-ME" file typically has directions---or there will be directions on the site where you get the application.

Don't look for things to be "like Windows"----some are, and some are not.

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.. the README-Directions don't work ! ... 'make install' ask for Target .. and Directory ! ... how to write those directions ? ...
Give us the specific instructions and exactly which question you don't understand. If the installer is prompting you for information, you would simply type it in. If it asks for a directory, there is usually a default shown.
 
Old 11-10-2009, 08:19 AM   #4
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If you do install something that is not available in the package manager, then there are several methods, including compiling from source code.
True, but...the usual cause of something not being in the package manager is that the package manager does not have the additional repository enabled which contains the program of interest. The exact details of which additional repositories you need to enable and how will vary from distro to distro, but it is almost always easiest to try the 'use the package manager, whatever the program' approach first for a neophyte, even if it does mean that you have to ask again about mint-specific repos.

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that's the Question ! ... from Casey972 ..... like Firefox-3.5.5 ! ... or 'Coyote' .. or 'Wolverine' .. or 'WifiScanner' .. or 'ZipCracker' ? ..
Your somewhat wacky formatting for this section did nothing to help me understand what you were asking. This isn't a mortal sin, but it will put some people off atempting to help you. If that's OK with you...
 
Old 11-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #5
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True, but...the usual cause of something not being in the package manager is that the package manager does not have the additional repository enabled which contains the program of interest. The exact details of which additional repositories you need to enable and how will vary from distro to distro, but it is almost always easiest to try the 'use the package manager, whatever the program' approach first for a neophyte, even if it does mean that you have to ask again about mint-specific repos.
Indeed---I suppose what I should have said is: "First, learn the package manager inside-out, including how to set up different repositories."
 
  


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