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Old 03-16-2004, 09:52 PM   #1
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Need help with a few things.. Please..


First.. How do I determine the version of a piece of software I am running.. Example, GTK.. I am running Mandrake 9.2.

Second.. When you get a response that states 'make sure PREFIX/bin is in your path".. What the heck does that mean.. Were is my path.. My home directory? Or the /usr directory?

Third.. Whats a good peep-to-peer program for linux? I have tried to install xmule and lmule, never able to get either of them to load.. Not sure if there are others or what..

Thanks in advance..
 
Old 03-16-2004, 10:32 PM   #2
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"First.. How do I determine the version of a piece of software I am running.. Example, GTK.. I am running Mandrake 9.2."

rpm will tell you:
rpm -qi gtk+

If the software has a GUI screen with a help button you can find out through the help button.

If the software is a CLI command often you can type in -v or --version to get the version number. For example:
ls --version

"Second.. When you get a response that states 'make sure PREFIX/bin is in your path".. What the heck does that mean.. Were is my path.. My home directory? Or the /usr directory?"

The path is the list of directories that the kernel automatically searches for the program you want to run. The path varies from user to user, root, su, etc. Also different distributions set up the paths differently. If you want to know what your current path is then type in:
echo $PATH

"Third.. Whats a good peep-to-peer program for linux? I have tried to install xmule and lmule, never able to get either of them to load.. Not sure if there are others or what.."

You might try minicom.

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Old 03-16-2004, 10:40 PM   #3
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rpm will tell you:
rpm -qi gtk+


Will this work even if I used the source and not an rpm?
 
Old 03-16-2004, 10:49 PM   #4
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"Will this work even if I used the source and not an rpm?"
No.

What I do to keep track of installs from source is use checkinstall to make a rpm from the compile and then install the rpm:

http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/

The install procedure then becomes:
./configure
make
checkinstall

and the install the resulting rpm.

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Old 03-16-2004, 11:12 PM   #5
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I do a :

checkinstall

After I did './configure' and 'make'... I get a:

bash:checkinstall:command not found
 
Old 03-16-2004, 11:33 PM   #6
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And what is really sucking now.. I am trying to install GTK 2.4 but it has a few dependencies.. Like glib... Which I install.. Then I try pango.. And it tells me there is a problem with glib.. Like it doesn't find it.. so I just went through a big loop of, instal glib, try pango-fail, reinstall glib, try pango-fail, etc.. I can't get anything installed!!

This is why I can't convince people to switch to Linux.. I am fairly tech savvy, I am a technician for a telephone and deal with computers everyday.. And its damn hard for me.. And it's really not that its hard, just obscure and different.. But thats why people like windows.. Because its more normal..

Ahh!
 
Old 03-17-2004, 10:52 AM   #7
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"bash:checkinstall:command not found"

You have to download and install checkinstall before you can use it.

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Old 03-17-2004, 02:05 PM   #8
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I installed "checkinstall" and used it instead of make install when compiling the GLIB this time and it worked fine, and said the packages were installed correctly.. But when trying to install 'pango' it still gives me an error like it can't find 'GLIB --version = 2.4.0'

What gives...
 
Old 03-17-2004, 03:27 PM   #9
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"I installed "checkinstall" and used it instead of make install when compiling the GLIB this time and it worked fine, and said the packages were installed correctly.. But when trying to install 'pango' it still gives me an error like it can't find 'GLIB --version = 2.4.0'"

checkinstall does not install programs. It creates a rpm. You have to install the rpm that checkinstall put in /usr/src somewhere.

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