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There's also a utility for installing and unistalling rpms graphically in webmin, if your not familiar with webmin its an administration tool that runs in a web browser and can configure just about anything on your system. http://webmin.com
I think linux is about choice, and installing rpms from GUI is a valid choice. However, if you want to learn something and get the job done faster than the time you are spending on GUI, try from any command line, including in GUI file browser window Menu: TOOLS == terminal:
rpm -ivh filename. rpm
It worls slick and gives much more information than the GUI methods.
i is install; v means talk while it works; h means print * a lot if it is loading so you can see progress. man rpm from terminal gives the command details.
Oh, to do this without changing directories in terminal, open the terminal while the browser is looking at the rpm file, that is terminal will open in that directory so command is local to file.
I couldnt agree more. I just spent the last day or so reading a very good tutorial on RPMs and have been installing things through the command line all day. I have to say that if the software manufacturer doesnt want to spend the time to create an interactive setup, then command rpm is the way to go. Thanks to everyone that gave me advice on this subject!
Good to hear akilhoffer, alot of people it seems these days want graphical or nothing but as you obviously learned... with minimal effort you can do many things on the command line faster and more effectively in most cases. Always nice to see a success story.
Keep rockin it.
Oh...and to upgrade your rpm's. This is a fun one.
rpm -Uhv whatever.rpm
Last edited by linux_terror; 09-06-2004 at 10:54 PM.
Yup, that's whay -U does (it will also install the package if it's not there already, use -F if you don't want to install the package if an older version doesn't exist). -U and -F will not overwrite your config files though (or they will at least back them up if there's no way to avoid overwriting them), which is another feature that makes RPM very cool.