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Old 03-07-2004, 08:29 PM   #1
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Help! Installing software!


I am running Mandrake 9,2 for reference. I put in my Maya 5 disk, opened "Maya5_0-5-9-18" which had no extension, but the readme.html says this is the rpm install file, and linux apparantly recongizes it as that as well. I double click it, asks for root password, type that in, then in the program bar it shows software installer being loaded ... well, it never loads, it has the hourglass thing, and then it just dissapears and nothing happens.. How do I get this to install??

Edit: and this is the linux version, not windoze.

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Old 03-07-2004, 08:48 PM   #2
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From a terminal. rpm -i whateverthefilename.rpm.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:53 PM   #3
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I CD'ed to the directory, rpm -i MAYA5_0-5.0-18 ... it skips to the next line and doesn't do anything, no prompt ro anything, aanything I type and press enter it just moves to the next line.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 08:55 PM   #4
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Minutes later it says "error: unpacking of archive failed on file /usr/aw/maya5.0: cpio: mkdir failed - no such file or directory
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:00 PM   #5
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did you su? (sorry, have to ask) does the disk have a tarball? you may have a corrupted rpm.
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:02 PM   #6
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Not sure what 'su' is. No, I don't see any tar.gz files.


---- but I will be 'su' --- ing the company when my expensive software doesn't work.

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Old 03-07-2004, 09:03 PM   #7
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---- or tar files
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:08 PM   #8
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superuser - root access from a user login. sorry, I should have been clearer
 
Old 03-07-2004, 09:10 PM   #9
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No, it never asked me for a root password. When I was just double clicking the file, as originally, it would ask me for my root pwd. Was I supposed to do some other step before rpm -i ??
 
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you need to be superuser before you can install a file.

type su and then your root password where it prompts.
 
  


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