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Old 02-17-2004, 05:05 AM   #1
meqwerty
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RPM do not exist


Hello, i'm a relatively new linux user and i have some problems... hope someone can help.

i've installed redhat 9, and i've tried using rpms for alsaplayer, licq etc for updating my software but each time it says previous packages not found... i've done a full complete install with the ISO (not SRPMS <= whats the diff anyway?) downloaded from the redhat server. is that why it does not work? however, when i install it from the binary file (with the make and make install) everything works fine.

another prob is with XMMS... is there a way to stop my music from distorting everytime i run another program? its slows down and sometimes it can last for a few seconds, can be quite annoying.

one more thing... when my sounds cannot mix... for example when i use xmms to play mp3s i cannot hear any sounds from my licq alerts. is there anyway to get around that? do i have to install a sound mixer or extra drivers for this?

thanks!

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Old 02-17-2004, 09:51 AM   #2
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apt - synaptic

I would recommend you use apt and synaptic if you like GUIs.

To install apt type,

su -
(enter root password)

then type
rpm -Uvh http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrp...6-fr1.i386.rpm

NOTE: If the above link is broken search "http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/redhat/9/apt/" for the latest "apt", the filename changes often.

Once that has finished type

apt-get update
apt-get install synaptic
synaptic

and you're away, you should also have a link to synaptic in System Tools.

With xmms you could try checking your output settings. I can't remember exactly where these are and I'm at work so I can't check but mine was set to aRts as standard and when I changed it to OSS the performance was much improved. Right click on xmms and look for options or preferences, it should be in there somewhere.
 
Old 02-17-2004, 01:28 PM   #3
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thank you

thanks for the advise on the apt synaptic..

the gui does not interest me that much. i've tried running the rpm command line with -i and -U both without success.. same reason given..cannot find previous version of rpms..

i'm just wondering WHY? because i did a full install..

i'll try out the OSS driver for xmms 2morrow. but i'm sure, i'm not using the arts one. i read that there is a better alsa driver. can anyone comment on that?

thanks
 
Old 02-17-2004, 01:59 PM   #4
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Re: thank you

Quote:
Originally posted by meqwerty
thanks for the advise on the apt synaptic..

the gui does not interest me that much. i've tried running the rpm command line with -i and -U both without success.. same reason given..cannot find previous version of rpms..

i'm just wondering WHY? because i did a full install..

i'll try out the OSS driver for xmms 2morrow. but i'm sure, i'm not using the arts one. i read that there is a better alsa driver. can anyone comment on that?

thanks
Apt is the command line version, and Synaptic is the GUI frontend for apt. SRPMS are source files, and they need to be compiled and then installed. Binaries are already compiled, so they just need to be installed. Look on Fedora, freshmeat, and other Linux software sites to find rpms. (Note: rpm is a program that Red Hat, Fedora, and other distros based on red hat use to install 'packages', which have an rpm extension. RPM stands for Red Hat Package Manager. To use rpm, you must know the exact name of the package, and it must have an rpm extension on the end, (You may not have to include the extension when you are running rpm, but I usually do, just in case.) With apt-get, you usually just need the name of the program. (I installed Mozilla by typing "apt-get install mozilla" at the command line, the full name of the mozilla pacakge was something like: "mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-1.6-installer", but it had an extension such as rpm, tar.gz, zip... )

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Old 02-17-2004, 02:11 PM   #5
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thanks for the explanation on RPMs... i've downloaded the rpm and the binary version for mozilla, alsaplayer, and licq (actually theres more but...) and when i use the command line to rpm these files (or double click then in nautilus), they all return with an error stating they are unable to find the the previous installations. Redhat 9 has all of these 3 programs preinstalled with the versions that the rpms are supposed to look for. i simply cannot understand why it cannot find them... mind boggling.

it seems that none of my rpm installations have succeeded so far, so i end up installing via the binary files instead.
 
  


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