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Old 09-28-2004, 03:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy installing anything?


i can't seem to install anything. i'm obviouslly new at this. not a complete idiot, i've been building my own computers for a couple years now, but i never really realized how firm a grip microsoft had on my testes unitl i ran my fedora core 2 discs yesterday.

i need help

how do i install stuff, so far the only thing i've installed were my updates and thats because i just had to point and click... right now i've running fedora core 2.8.6.... i think

hadware seems fine/ just don't know what to look for when downloading things or for that matter how to load them. i've been reading up on my rpm, but i don't really understand it

i'm about 200 pages into a 900 page manual, and i guess i'll be reading until someone shows me some newB love

will take any scrap of help that you can throw in my direction
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:38 PM   #2
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welcome to LQ.

it really depends on what you're trying to install. since this is such a general question, try picking something you want to install and work from there. usually the website of the software you're trying to install has directions on how to install it.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:42 PM   #3
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If your new I would recommend sticking to installation files with an RPM extenstion. Open a terminal and type
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man rpm
I believe the command to install using an RPM is
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rpm -i <filename>
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:45 PM   #4
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welcome to LQ and linux
you're running fedora core, which is an RPM(RedHat Package Manager)based distro...so very easy to work with...most packages/programs you'll want you will be able to find in an RPM format...once downloaded, there are a few ways to install them...check out this online book...it's full of information for you:

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz
 
Old 09-28-2004, 03:57 PM   #5
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ok trying to install xmms music player i downloaded a binary rpm....thingy...file looks like xmms1.2.10-1.i386.rpm
hence when i try to load it i put
rpm -i{file name that is listed]
leaving me wondering what basic step i am missing.... if there is a way to do this by just pointing and clicking that would be cool... if not i'll learn eventually
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:05 PM   #6
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are you getting any error messages when you try to install it?
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #7
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it says unknown option
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:13 PM   #8
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actually it says failed no such file or directory
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:17 PM   #9
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maybe i'm entering it wrong .... this is what i'm putting
rpm -i xmms1.2.10-i386.rpm

is the "rpm" necesarry at the end or is that redundant?
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:20 PM   #10
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Thats there for a reason. Its like .exe in windoze. I don't know what to say. The command you're entering looks right.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:23 PM   #11
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In order to use the rpm -i <filename> command, you either need to be working in the directory that you downloaded the rpm to, or provide the full path to the file, as in:
rpm -e /path/to/file/filename.rpm
Another thing to keep in mind is that linux is cAse SeNSiTivE.
Hope this helps.

Edit: Afterthought, you may have to be logged in as root to install the rpm. It's been a long time since I used an rpm based distro, so I can't remember for sure. Anybody else know for sure?
And also if I remember correctly, when I was using an old Mandrake install, I could just double-click an rpm file from the file manager, and it would install, prompting me for the root password, etc. Is this still the case?

Last edited by kersten78; 09-28-2004 at 04:26 PM.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:24 PM   #12
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for real how is a guy supposed to get stream line midget porn if he can't get a simple mp3 to play??
i appreciate all the help so far if anyone can think of anything just let me know. "about the installing thing".... i was kidding about the other thing
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:28 PM   #13
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you also have to be root to use the rpm command...so open the terminal, type su, then the password for root...then try using the rpm -i <packagename stuff...>
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:32 PM   #14
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when i drag the file in after the "rpm -i" i get the the whole path but i still get the same message and i tried to double click. if there was one thing i learned from windows it was double click " everything" ty for the info, but i still can't quite get it
any other suggestions?
p.s. i do appreciate all the help though
 
Old 09-28-2004, 04:35 PM   #15
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root host worked ty guys....your the poop!
 
  


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