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Old 08-16-2005, 04:49 AM   #1
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Program Installation

I've had SUSE 9.3 on my pc for about two weeks now and I'm loving it. Well, I'm almost loving it. I've been trying to install various programs with absolutely no success. With the exception of some RPMs I havent been able to get anything that has a tar extension to act right. Is there anywhere that I can get a step by step guide to installing programs. I really want to give Linux a try but if I can't do something as simple as install a program I want I'm afraid I'm gonna have to return to Microsoft simply for it's ease of use.
Old 08-16-2005, 05:02 AM   #2
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Here's a quick guide:
tar -xzvf <filename>.tar.gz
cd <filename>
make install
Old 08-16-2005, 05:03 AM   #3
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What kind of programs are you having difficulty installing and what steps are you following to get them running? Most software available as RPM's should go straight on as you've found, but source code shouldn't be that much of a problem either. After untarring, the basic procedure is:
make install (as root)
though some programs do vary slightly. Each tarred source code you download should include a README or INSTALL file - do these help you get things going? It may be you do not have the make tools install, which SuSE seems to leave out by default, in which case go into YaST2 Software Installation, and search for "make" and install them then try your source code again.

Otherwise, get back in touch with more info on exactly where you're getting problems.
Old 08-16-2005, 07:36 AM   #4
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There are three ways of installing software in SUSE.

1. YaST, using YaST sources to pull the RPMs down automatically. The easiest way. If you can do this, do it. Just add the sources listed in the following sticky, using the instructions. Take care to add the Packman source - it contains lots of useful software.

2. YaST, by downloading the RPM manually and clicking on it in Konqueror. (I can't get the YaST to see /rpm as a source, for some reason.) This is the best way for packages not contained in the YaST sources. When you get dependency problems which YaST can't solve using its sources, download the needed RPMs yourself (Google them or go to and make sure they match your SUSE version). Install them using the same method, and then continue. This way everything gets entered into the RPM database.

3. Using tarballs. The hard way, involving compiling and unhelpful error messages, as well as the usual dependencies. Usually only necessary if you want obscure programs or the very latest releases.


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