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Old 02-15-2004, 08:10 PM   #1
comprookie2000
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Unhappy Need help working with files


Thanks for the help ahead of time,I have downloaded a few things and now I'm lost,first do I need to log on as root to install anything,next when I find the file do I type apt-get install <package name> as you can see I need to learn what to do.david
 
Old 02-15-2004, 08:13 PM   #2
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well if you say you downloaded the files, then no you will not type apt-get install <package> ....
but again this is all dependant on the files you downloaded ..
for rpm :
rpm -ivh packagename.rpm
for tarball :
tar -zxvf
./configure
make
su -c "make install"

they are the typical steps for a tarball, but to make sure read the INSTALL and/or README file to see what is to be done to install it .

if its any other file type, just state what it is, and we'll tell ya how to install it ..

as of apt-get you use apt-get "to install" stuff for you rather than you downloading the stuff and installing in yourself ....
 
Old 02-15-2004, 08:28 PM   #3
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Thanks alot,I tried to open the read me file but could not open it.Wanted me to save it after I had allready saved it to disk.I can't get the printer to work because I can"t install the driver for it,I need it first to print out the commands so I have them on hand I can't remember this stuff mayby I need a book,or a cheat sheet with the most basic ones,david
 
Old 02-15-2004, 08:33 PM   #4
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why couldn't you open the readme file ?
what steps did you take to try to view it ?
and you can't print out the commands for setting up your printer, when you are trying to get the printer to work, otherwise you wouldn't need to print out the commands hehe ;-)
and what printer is it (name/model) ?
 
Old 02-15-2004, 09:11 PM   #5
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I clicked it and it wanted me to save it again so I stoped,I had to reinstall the drivers on windowsXP because I must of installed the drivers on the knoppix side (dual boot) so I jump back and forth.I quess I can only print on one.I'm going to get some information and then go back and mess up some more.Thanks so much for the help,I'm a cert. rookie and the only way I can learn is to try,hey I set it up to dual boot,got the sound to work now need to keep going with help from everyone,is it best to stay out of root ? david
 
Old 02-15-2004, 09:19 PM   #6
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Also DR.Ozz, I went over to just Linux and there is all kind of good information thanks for the link.david
 
  


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