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I just got linux yesterday and got it up and running, and i can get on the internet <obviously> but i downloaded yahoo messenger for linux and i have no idea how to install it, ive been using windows. normally you just click the file and it starts to install, i looked up instructions to install it and it says "log into root and type in rpm -i ymessenger-0.93.0-1.i386.rpm" i have no idea what that means log into root? im logged into my main account if thats what it means but where do i type "rpm -i ymessenger-0.93.0-1.i386.rpm" ? i am completley new to this so i apologize for my ignorance. thank you
I agree with acid_kewpie - run "konqueror" or whatever graphical file manager you have, find the file and double click on it. if it gives you an error doing that, post the error here at LQ
if you're interested in doing it via a terminal, look for a program named "terminal" or "konsole" or "xterm" in your menus. once you open it, type "su" and the root password to log in as root. (if you logged in as root initially, you shouldn't - better to create another user and log in as that by default.) then you can enter the rpm command there.
Distribution: Fedora Core 5, Ubuntu 6.06 (Breezy), testing Solaris 10
If you can't install just by clicking on it for an install-setup window, here's what you do:
On the taskbar, go to the linux equivalent of the start menu and find "Terminal" in one of the side menus. The terminal should open up, and it'll look like Notepad with your username already entered in, like so:
[ username@localhost username ]:
Type this after the colon: su
Hit enter. It should prompt you for a password, and the screen will look like this:
[ username@localhost username ]: su
Type in the password you chose as root, then hit enter again. A new username should show up on terminal:
[ root@localhost username ]:
Now, navigate to the directory where you downloaded the rpm file. Depending on where the rpm file was downloaded, you can do this by typing cd /directory. For instance, I usually download them to a folder called "rpms" in my home folder:
[ root@localhost username ]: cd /home/mephiste/rpms
This should take you to the directory where you downloaded the rpm.
[ root@localhost rpms]:
Now, you can type in the command line given to you with the install instructions. Like so:
Make sure this .rpm file matches the file you downloaded, as sometimes they'll do something silly like forget to update the installation instructions when they post an updated version of the actual program.
After that, it should install on its own! When the [ root@localhost rpms ] line comes back again, it's finished. You may exit out of terminal and enjoy use of the Yahoo Messenger. Good luck, and happy Linux-ing!
i got it, thank you.. the yahoo <linux version> is rather outdated but it works, the only issue i run into on that is you cant go into chat through the messenger, are there any yahoo chat clients that run on linux? im guessing third party clients such as yahelite or yazak dont work on linux. ive noticed most of programs i am used to are for either windows or mac. maybe someone can pass a link my way. thanks
yea i have kopete ive been using that it works well for ims and what not im not sure if i can get into a room with it. either way it works well enough i dont go to rooms often mostly jusm IM. thanks again im sure ill run into more problems trying to figure this out hehe. later
im installing the java plugin for my browser but the file is locked, when i go to move it to the the firefox plug ins it tells me permission denied, and i have no idea how to change the permissions on the file...
i installed linux mandriva on an xp.. got to the end where it says reboot.. i rebooted the pc and it comes to the screen where it says "linux" or "failsafe" i tried selecting both and it says "bios data check sucessfull... uncompressing linux ok... booting the kernal... " then it shuts off i cant get past that point... not sure if i did something wrong on the installation but i got it installed fine on my windows 98..