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Old 11-04-2003, 02:35 PM   #1
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Installing software in Red Hat 9


Hi, I've just installed Red Hat 9, everything went just fine, but I have a question... How do you install downloaded software?!!. I really don't know anything about Linux (it shows), maybe you can help me here. Example: I want to install Macromedia Flash Player, I have downloaded the file (check), extracted it (check), but now what? the readme says something about writing "./flashplayer-installer". Where do I write that? At this point I'm in the Nautilus window, where the extracted files are. Same problem when installing Mozilla 1.5. Thanks!, and you can start laughing now
 
Old 11-04-2003, 02:43 PM   #2
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Open BASH (like Windows command prompt). Browse to your extrated flash-player files (cd, ls, pwd).

To execute a program from current directory (pwd), you have to write ./ before file name. Othervise a program from /usr/bin/... is executed.

You would also find useful following commands:
whereis
locate

Unfortunately most of GNU/Linux software is installed from "command prompt".
 
Old 11-04-2003, 02:47 PM   #3
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When you download something for Linux the format is like RPM Package or TAR.GZ...when you have that formats....open the console...go to the file directory and for RPM package type:
rpm -i <filename>
to install it..
for tar.gz type:
tar -zxf <filename>
to extract it...and then go in the new created directory..and run ./configure to start the install process...its very simple...
 
Old 11-04-2003, 04:04 PM   #4
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It appears BASH is not installed, and I can't find it in the add/remove packages list. That "console" thing is what is new to me, I know its something like Windows comand prompt, but I can't find it.
 
Old 11-04-2003, 05:59 PM   #5
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You might find it in your menu under Shells. I do not know where shells are located in RH menu. But you can always type Ctrl+Alt+F2 to start a console session as root or any other user (you should be root to install programs). You can switch back to X session by typing Ctrl+Alt+F7
 
  


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