Hi Vic & Calm!
I suggest you install MLdonkey from PLF using urpmi. They've got Mandrake specific version.
This is how you do it. First you have to setup urpmi sources. If you haven't done that (or if you have but haven't include source for PLF) visit
I think the page is self-explanatory. Just choose a mirror for PLF. While you're there, choose a mirror for main, contrib and updates as well. You'll need those sooner or later. Once you've chosen the mirrors just click "proceed to step 3". You will be given instructions on what exactly to type in a console as "root".
Once you've set up urpmi, just type
urpmi -a mldonkey
in a console as root. It will download and install all the rpm's that have mldonkey in their name (there are 6 altogether I think). It will also download all the dependancies if there are any.
You will find the MLdonkeyGUI entry under K menu/Networking/Other
but you have to start MLdonkey core first. Type
in a console as a normal user. Then start MldonkeyGUI. You can set it up so that the GUI starts automaticaly. In a GUI under File/Settings choose Client then Startup and uncheck
ask for mldonkey_gui start
and then check
start mldonkey_gui at the beginning
In the "Name of MLdonkey GUI to start" I entered
and under "Path to mldonkey binaries" I have
This should work for you too.
MLdonkey will store all the config files in .mldonkey directory in your home directory. It will download files into .mldonkey/incoming and currently downloading files into .mldonkey/temp
You can change those two directories under Files tab in Settings/Client.
MLdonkey ig a great p2p tool because it can connect to several different networks at once: eDonkey, Gnutella, FastTrack (Kazaa) DirectConnect, SoulSeek, OpenNap, Overnet. You can check them all under Network.
When you close the GUI, check if the core is still running. Type
in a concole. It will display all the current running processes. If you see mldonkey among them type
Check again with ps -e. There should be no more mldonkey's running. But if there still are any, try killall -9 mldonkey. If that doesn't help, try killall mldonkey as root.
P.S. Now that you have set up your urpmi sources, use it to install other packages as well. Before you go running through the internet to find them try urpmi first. In a console type as root
As simple as that.