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Ok now i know that this sounds impossible, but i cant install certain RPMs. For example, the one which has been buging me is Amarok. I installed the version which came with mandrake 10.1 (Ver, 1.1), and its been working ok, but i need to upgrade to the latest version. So, i go to the Amarok website, i click on Download, i download all the RPMs for the latest version, along with the taglib... and all the other files i need. So, i install all the required pacakges (ex. taglib... and others) and that went fine. Then i go to install the actuall Amarok player, i click on it, "would you like to install..." i clicked yes. And then the dialog box disapears, and nothing happens. I have no idea what it did or if it installed. I start up Amarok to see if it installed, and it is still the same version as befor. Now, im a n00b, so there is probably something that i should be doing to get it to upgrade that i dont know about, but any help would be useful.
you might try installing it in a terminal, as root, using this:
rpm -Uvh <packagename>.rpm
that will upgrade the already installed version to the newer version. also, it will let you know if there is a problem installing it, which will give you clues to maybe why it won't install the other way.
Thanx that helped, it showed me everything that i was missing and the list is shown bellow
libartsbuilder.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsgui_idl.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsgui_kde.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsgui.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmidi_idl.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmodulescommon.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmoduleseffects.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmodulesmixers.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmodules.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libartsmodulessynth.so.0 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libgstreamer-0.8.so.1 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libkonqsidebarplugin.so.1 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libmysqlclient.so.12 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libxine.so.1 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
libxmms.so.1 is needed by amarok-1.2.2-3.101mdk
Um, so to install these, do i have to search for, and install each one seperatley, or is there any easy way of doing it??
Did you really *need* to get the latest version of amrok, or did you just *want* it?
I agree with reddazz: use urpmi/rpmdrake to install the dependencies. Make sure you are installing the correct version of each one. If it is not available, you may have o download each one and install them separately.
I'm still trying to figure out these .rpm files, although some helpful advice from people here has made them easier to understand. However, one thing that people keep mentioning is urpmi/rpmdrake, and I really don't know what they are? I believe they're programs that help install .rpm files, but I have no idea how to find them or make them work.
The other thing is that while I know .rpm files are specific to your distribution, and often they're normally labled as which distro, quite often I find .rpm files that don't say. What should I assume about them? Is there a way to find out?
Ben: As my sig says, don't go out grabbing rpms from the unknown wilds of the internet. A good place to find Mandrake rpms is via http://rpm.pbone.net. Search only for Mandrake rpms.
But even better is to just use urpmi/rpmdrake! You don't know where they are?
From the command line:
# urpmi <programname>
From the system menu:
Star --> System --> Configuration --> Configure Your Computer
Enter your root password in the dialog box
In the Mandrake Control Center, select "Software Configuration" from the left panel.
You are now in rpmdrake.
Use EasyURPMI to help you set up which Mandrake Repositories to use. Now software installation is as easy as point and click.
Because i only started using linux a short time ago, i had some dificulty figuring out what urpmi and diskdrake were.
So i will try to explain to the best of my knowledge. First of all, rpmdrake is baisically a centeralized location from which you can download many required mandrake .rpm's.
I have never really used it so i dont know much else about it. Urpmi/easyurpmi is basically another place to get rpm's from. Go to the site, and select the mirrors you want (they should just be in pull down tabs) i guess you should select one of each, thats what i did. Then click procede to step 3. This should display a bunch of text lower down on the page in a box which says type this in console as root. Start up console, and copy and paste the stuff from that text box into console and press enter. Stuff should start happening in the console screen. Once everything has stoped happening, go to the control center----->Software management------>Install. You shold notice many more packages listed, and thats it. From there on out, you can install any of them by just clicking on the rpm and then install.
Hope this helped,
Thank you everyone who replied. I've realised that I do know what rpmdrake is... Actually, I've been using it for a while now, but it's not called that on my computer, it's just another menu. At first it's only configured to see the programs on the install disks, but I found a site that showed me how to connect it to servers which have loads of rpm files. This is great, but I want to learn how to do it myself as well since not all the programs I want are on these servers.