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How do you install tar/gz files, and rpm files? I am running mandrake 9.2 on KDE, and am having a problem on it. From other threads I've read, you need to open konsole and type in a special command then the filename. I am SO used to windows, and I am not sure what command to use, or how to get the filename in mandrake...
I am a linux , and I'm trying to brake out of the clutches of Microsoft's fists! Thanks for the help.
Tyir that sure worked thanks, but.... (lol)
it said the software was already installed, I must have already done it with mandrakes, ato installer deal, but I have no idea where to find the files..any help?
There are 2 commands that can help you find files. The first is "whereis"; this will tell the location of the executable, library files and any documentation. The second is "locate". Locate will give you all the matching files of a given name anywhere on the system; you can type in only part of a name and get matches whereas with whereis you need the name of the file. The only problem with "locate" is that it finds things based on a database that usually is updated only daily. So, if you install stuff and then type "locate foo" it won't find it because the database is out of date. The fix for this is to run "updatedb" (as root) and this will rebuild the database (or wait until tomorrow-usually rebuilt at 2AM).