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Old 10-07-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Smile how to install a software in linux?


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as i am new to Linux platform I'd would like to learn.......please let me know whether i have asked question correctly and if possible answer also
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

Please also tell us:

1. Which Linux distribution or "distro" are you using? (Ubuntu, Fedora, Slackware, etc.)

2. What is the name of the software you're trying to install? Link?
 
Old 10-07-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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most of the time you would use the distro's package manager (the most popular are yum and apt-get).

most gui's have a way to install via a menu (in gnome it would be applications -> system tools -> add/remove software then you search for the program you want to install; i'm not sure how to get to it in kde).
 
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:56 AM   #4
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To install software on Linux, it is almost always best to use your distribution's package manager. There may be multiple choices available in how to use the package manager.

If I understand correctly, the tag on your post says that it was identified as being posted by a machine running Fedora. Should I assume you are asking how to install software in Fedora?

My Fedora expertise is not exactly current. But so far as I understand, yum is one of the ways to use the package manager in Fedora. In my opinion, when yum is one of the available ways to use the package manager, it is the best way.

Start with
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man yum
Yum has a more readable man page than typical Linux software, so that is a decent way to learn to use yum.

Most package management systems in Linux have multiple ways to get at them (multiple user interfaces for the same underlying operations). In the older Centos systems I use, there is an Add/Remove Software GUI that is a total abomination and a waste of time to try to use. There is also yum, which is an excellent command line based UI for access to the same features. I suspect those choices remain similar in Fedora, but I'm not sure.

In the obsolete Mepis I use (and in many other older Debian based distributions) there is a difficult to use command line access to the package manager called apt, and a really great GUI access to the same called synaptic.

Overall, using the package manager (via whatever UI) is the better choice compared to installing the software by the methods typically described on that software's development web site:

Almost any open source software has instructions posted to download and install from source code on their development web site. Most of them also have instructions for downloading and installing binaries from their development site. You can often get a slightly newer version by getting it from such as site than by getting it from your distribution. But it is almost never worth the extra trouble to do so. Stick with the version you can get from your distribution's package manager.

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Old 10-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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Here is a good link:

http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html
 
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #6
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It looks like you are using fedora. Fedora uses a tool called yum to manage software. You can google: yum tutorial and you will get lots of tutorials. By the way, which version of fedora are you using. Fedora gets out of date relatively quickly. If you use some old version, there might be some issues with installation.
 
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #7
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Lightbulb Thank you to every one for answering and guiding me

sir i am using fedora 14..... when i try to install with some archive manager showing some error or exception ...... regularly repeated are there ..... how do i avoid it?
 
Old 10-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #8
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i am using fedora 14.
You should learn how to use yum to install software.

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.... when i try to install with some archive manager showing some error or exception ...... regularly repeated are there ..... how do i avoid it?
We can't guess what install method you are using from that vague description, nor can we guess why it isn't working. So we certainly can't tell you how to make that install method work.

We already told you how to avoid the problem. Don't use whatever that install method was. Use yum instead.
 
Old 10-08-2012, 03:11 PM   #9
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sir i am using fedora 14..... when i try to install with some archive manager showing some error or exception ...... regularly repeated are there ..... how do i avoid it?
Fedora 14 went end of life 2011-12-09.

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Release_Life_Cycle

Fedora is a fast-moving distro and it is best to use the current supported Fedora 17 (until 18 comes along, and then 19 six months later, etc). If you are current then you can install most software easily with yum or other methods.

If you prefer a long-term support distro (multiple years of support for each release) then maybe consider CentOS (based on Red Hat, also uses yum/rpm package management).

That being said, if you want to push on with troubleshooting your current error, you need to be much more specific: what is the application you are trying to install, where did you get it (link), what is the installation method you have attempted, and the error messages generated along the way?

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Old 10-08-2012, 03:19 PM   #10
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sir i am using fedora 14..... when i try to install with some archive manager showing some error or exception ...... regularly repeated are there ..... how do i avoid it?
Not sure I understand what you're saying. Archive managers are for archiving, not installing software. That said, you are using an out of date version of Fedora. Additionally, you need to be more specific in describing your problems including the exact steps you took and the exact error messages that you get. Otherwise, we won't be able to help you.
 
  


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