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Old 10-20-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
Birdman666
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Unhappy Trouble installing "Par"


Hello, I've found through the forum the following file, par-v1.1.tar.gz, and have no clue as to what needs to be done to install. I've looked around here and elsewhere; cant get anywhere, hense the asking.

I'm running debian-etch, very green convert from xp

any help, greatly appreciated.
 
Old 10-20-2008, 11:41 PM   #2
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Hi.

If this is the paragraph reformatter, it is already in the Debian GNU/Linux etch repository:
Code:
$ apt-cache show par
Package: par
Priority: optional
Section: text
Installed-Size: 128
Maintainer: Kapil Hari Paranjape <kapil@imsc.res.in>
Architecture: i386
Version: 1.52-1
...
Which means you can install it with apt-get. This can be confusing the first few times you do it, however, I have found that it is as easy, if not easier, than installing on Windows.

Short version: become root, update the indices, do a simulated install, then do a real install:
Code:
su -
(enter root password)
apt-get update
apt-get -s install par
(if everything looks OK, i.e. par and perhaps a few others selected for installation)
apt-get install par
I tend to backup before large installs, but this is not one of those:
Code:
$ apt-get -s install par
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  par
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Inst par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
Conf par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
You should get used to reading man pages for command-line work -- for example man apt-get. There are some GUI installing commands, and someone may stop by to chat about those.

Another useful read is http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/de...l/ch-dpkg.html

Welcome to Linux, and best wishes ... cheers, makyo

Last edited by makyo; 10-20-2008 at 11:54 PM.
 
Old 10-21-2008, 04:15 AM   #3
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Also to be found in the package manager, "Synaptic"

Be aware that 'par' is a command line tool.

Regards
 
Old 10-23-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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thanks makyo and knudfl. I've ordered a book just hasn't arrived yet.
 
  


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