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Old 12-16-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
ibelieve
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How do I download an .rpm file?


Trying to download WinAmp for Linux. Downloads as an .rpm file. Once I've done that, I assume I am to extract the file? Then what? Still in the mind set of Windows where I click a .exe and the app is installed to the directory of my choice. How do I do this in Linux?
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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just open up a terminal, cd to the directory where the rpm is and run rpm -ivh winamp.rpm
rpm files aren't zip files and aren't executables, think of them as .msi(microsoft installer) files. It would also be better to use your distro's package manager, eg. yast and synaptic
 
Old 12-16-2007, 02:18 PM   #3
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winamp for linux? didn't know it existed... I'd probably suggest just using "real" linux packages, you'll already have a myriad of media stuff installed. You didn't say what distro you're doing this in, but on ubuntu a tool like synaptic lets you just directly click one of thousands and thousands of packages to install directly, no web browsing, no downloading, no setup.exe nothing... does windows do that?

if you do have a program you do want to install from rpm (suse uses rpm's, ubuntu doesn't.. you can convert but it's not fun.) you can run "rpm -Uvh winamp.rpm" and you're done. you can probably actually just double click on it and have your desktop manager install it automatically (wihtout any next next next next finish nonsense )
 
Old 12-16-2007, 02:31 PM   #4
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AceofSpades19 and acid kewpie (Chris): Thanks, both of you. I'm and older guy and very new to Linux but very impressed with it. I am using OpenSuse 10.3 on one desktop and Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon on another. Was used to using WinAmp on my older Windows box.
 
  


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