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I have been considering upgrading to Gnome 2.3 desktop. I couldn't find pre-built packages for Gnome2.3 anywhere on the net. So, I decided I will give it a shot by compiling myself. There are 64 packages to be built and installed in a specific order. Now that's too much for one day, I guess.
Is it possible to, let's say, compile and install one by one, let's say, 5 a day in that order? Would I be able to use existing desktop and programs before I finish with this thing? What happens to my settings, panels, window manager and existing session information after I install the last package? Is it possible to restore if something screws up?
Thanks for your time. I would appreciate if someone could help this newbie out.
Can you please explain a little bit? How does apt-get work? Where does it get the packages from? I mean I couldn't even find Gnome 2.2/2.3 packages on the net, and you are talking about a tool which can do it all? Please provide some details.
1. How do you know I didn't google first? I did google a LOT. Its just that I am straightforward with my language, doesn't mean that my questions are junk or I haven't looked. Thanks for the guide link, I will have a look at it.
2. "someone please help" means I am asking for help. If people here are too smart to help newbies then bad luck for me.
I think lesson learned. Self-help. Over the weekend, I will do the incremental install in three installments and figure it out myself.
Assuming you have Debian, just type (in a console as root) apt-get update gnome
If you are a Red Hat or Mandy user, download the program APT4RPM (don't know offhand where it is, but have a search for it on this site loads of people have put in links for it) Once it is installed, continue as for Debian. Useful tip: type in apt-get install synaptic this gives you a really good gui for APT.
Next - have fun, kick back, relax. And remember - a good way to stop misunderstandings is to briefly say what you have done before aking the question - we can see what steps you've already gone through and can either say where you have made a mistake or can point you in a different direction.
Here's a thought - go to www.gnome.org and you will see that 2.2 is available for download and the next release will be 2.4. Could that be why you can't get 2.3? Oh yeah, update your profile to say what your distro is and what your machine/connection spec is - saves you having to continually repeat it in posts.
I got apt4rpm from sourceforge.net, built and installed it. No errors during install process. It did install "aptate" which doesn't have any option like "install" and erorrs out even with --debug flag.
There is no program like apt-get installed anywhere.
Xavier, its not the su. I figured I had installed the server part of it and client part of it wouldn't install because I didn't have the devel version of librpm. So, I gave up on apt4rpm. another day!
So finally, I installed gnome 2.3.3 manually and got it working with some minor issues(considering its off unstable branch, I am surprised its working as well as it is). Incremental install works in three phases. gnome libs, gnome core, addendum.