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Old 08-06-2003, 10:01 AM   #1
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Angry newbie How to install a program step by step help me

Guy's i have downloaded Mozilla and i want to install it the think is where is setup.exe i can't find it or the wizard i just decided to move away from Windows 98 to Linux Mandrake 9.0 because its free and better then windows XP which does cost 200 pounds so back to my main point can someone give me step bye step instruction i have seen the tread on installing programs something about ./configure but i can get mine to work.

please help me
Old 08-06-2003, 10:09 AM   #2
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Linux doesn't use .exe files. Mandrake using something called rpms which are really easy to install. You should have mozilla installed already. Go into the start menu, networking, and www. Or if it isn't there go to the start menu, configuration, and install software and then search for mozilla. To install mozilla first go into a program like konsole or a terminal. If you downloaded it to your home directory you can type dir and see where it is. It should end with .tar.gz. Just type tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz. It will uncompress. Do dir again and go into the new directory with cd filename , same name just no .tar.gz. type su and enter your root password and then type ./install. There you go. To run just find run program on the start menu and type mozilla.
Old 08-06-2003, 10:15 AM   #3
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There are a couple of ways to install mozilla (not counting source compilation which, for mozilla, is not recommended). The one I like to us is the pre-packaged method. I run debian so it's a little different for me but you can install the mozilla .rpm package. "RPM" stands for Redhat Package Manager and was adopted into many other distros (like mandrake). See if you can find the mandrake .rpm and install it that way. The command you have to use is "rpm" but I don't know the command line options (debian uses a different system). Type "man rpm" to find out more about the rpm package manager. Debian has a package called "apt-get" which rules supreme over all others when it comes to upgrading. There is a mandrake port of it but I can't remember where. Search this forum (or google) and you'll find it soon enough. Very worthwhile.

PS: executable files under linux don't have a ".exe" extention. They can be called anything. Type "ls -l" and look for the "x" in the permissions columns.

drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 09:23 bin
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 6 20:00 boot
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 04:25 cdrom
drwxr-xr-x 9 root root 24576 Aug 7 00:44 dev
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 21:35 dvd
drwxr-xr-x 55 root root 4096 Aug 7 00:44 etc
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 04:25 floppy
drwxrwsr-x 4 root staff 4096 Aug 2 22:41 home
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 04:25 initrd
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Aug 6 20:16 lib
drwx------ 2 root root 16384 Aug 3 04:19 lost+found
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Feb 9 2002 mnt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 3 04:25 opt
dr-xr-xr-x 49 root root 0 Aug 7 2003 proc
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Aug 6 20:43 root
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 0 Aug 5 21:16 root-n
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 6 20:16 sbin
drwxrwxrwt 4 root root 4096 Aug 7 00:44 tmp
drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 4096 Aug 2 21:28 usr
drwxr-xr-x 13 root root 4096 Aug 3 04:25 var
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Aug 6 15:43 vmlinuz -> /boot/vmlinuz
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Aug 6 15:43 vmlinuz.orig -> /boot/vm
dr-xr-x--- 1 adz users 4096 Aug 6 18:11 win
drwxr--r-- 7 adz users 4096 Jan 1 1970 winback

The permissions columns are on the left (the rwxrwxrwx). The first letter describes what kind of file it is and every other letter after that is a permission: r=read, w=write, x=execute. The permissions are repeated three times. The first is for the root user, the second is for the file owner the third is for everyone else. Mind you, the "x" doesn't necessarily mean that that particular file is executable so don't blow you top if it fails. You'll work out sooner or later which files you can execute and which ones you can't

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Old 08-06-2003, 10:25 AM   #4
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Many thanks i shall reply back now when i have finish install it
Old 08-06-2003, 10:28 AM   #5
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you are right mozilla is install already but i shall note this down so i can install future programs how do i now mozilla is update version
Old 08-06-2003, 10:40 AM   #6
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I am very new with Linux. I just installed RH 9.0 yesterday and need java runtime 1.3.1 to run a certain application at work. The only files I can find end in a .bin extension. I have done the chmod 777 on them but can't seem to extract or install. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to do something special with .bin files? Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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I now have another problem

I have now manage to uncompress the file but when it comes to install it

i am having some serious drama

ok this is what happens

root@localhost mozilla-installer]# ./install
bash: ./install: No such file or directory
[root@localhost mozilla-installer]#

like i said i need some help step bye step for dummies guys what have i done wrong and how do move on to the next stage
Old 08-06-2003, 01:41 PM   #8
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Anyone know about BIN files?

Old 08-06-2003, 02:51 PM   #9
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.bin files are great
just type

sh nameoffile.bin

it should then run the installer


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