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I downloaded a linux version of AOL instant messanger which came as an RPM file. I used Yast to install it and it worked fine. The next day i tried to install a version of Wine in Yast (this too was an RPM file). Instead of installing like it should, nothing happens, Yast just moves to the next screen as if it were about to try to install a big fat nothing. What is causing this?
I am also getting veeeeeeeeeeeery confused trying to install programs from source code... im using SUSE 9.1 (i downloaded it from an FTP server) i read the tutorial, but i still don't quite understand. in the konqueror window, which is displaying the correct directory i click the 'tools' button and then 'execute shell command'. This process starts and ends abruptly saying 'no acceptable C compiler found in $path'
Am i even doing this right? and if so, what do i have to do to make this work? im veeeeeeeery new to linux and i love it already... i just want to make sure i know what i am doing before i abandon windows (ew ew... get it off me!) altogether.
I'm not sure why this happens in 9.1 but it happened to me.... when installing rpms via cli crap scrolled along the screen that said DB_Recovery in it.... don't know why.... but I went to /rpm dir and ran that command and all is better now....
It is easier to install source from the command line rather than with a gui like konqueror. Try system->terminal->konsole, then you can 'cd' to the directory you have the source in and it is usually './configure' then 'make' then su and 'make install'.
Konqueror is complaining because you need a compiler in order to install from source. Use yast2 to install gcc.
Some rpm packages are made for different versions of suse or other distributions. You have to make sure you are getting the version that will work. Thus the suse repositories, where you know that everything there is supposed to work.
I agree - command line is the way to go.... don't get too dependant on your YAST or other GUI apps... sooner or later you'll have to drop into cli "command line interface" to fix something you messed up....
To learn more about installing rpm's with the cli open up your terminal and type "man rpm" without the "
ok now im trying to install gcc and when i try to use the ./configure command, i get an error message saying "cant find install-sh or install.sh in ./.. ././.." i still have not been able to install anything!
As colnago suggested, the easiest way to install any package that SuSE supports is through YaST. If you go to the menu (green circle with a lizard), you should be able to find it in System. From there you can run searches for any package available from the ftp server you installed from (). Sometimes (like wine) it is better to get the current version from elsewhere and install it separately. Most of the time, if the package is available, I'd just download the one from YaST. This is where and how I would recommend getting the GCC.