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Old 05-08-2004, 08:45 PM   #16
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Originally posted by r3dhatter
so using apt-get it would be:

apt-get install pkg <name>.deb

I tried that but it did not work.

I also tried

apt-get install <name>.deb

with no luck

if you already downloaded the deb you want to install, use dpkg...

dpkg -i example.deb

apt-get uses only the package name, without the ".deb" to start downloading and installing what you need... for example:

apt-get install example

and NOT:

apt-get install example.deb
Old 05-09-2004, 05:35 AM   #17
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"vim, x-window-system, gcc, g++, linux-kernel-headers, module-init-tools, kernel-kbuild, locales, xfonts-base, xfonts-base-transcoded, xfonts-75dpi, xfonts-75dpi-transcoded, xfonts-100dpi, xfonts-100dpi-transcoded, libmikmod2 (for xmms, otherwise it won't work), cdrdao, make, irssi-text, alsa, alsa-base, alsaconf, alsa-utils, xmms, vorbis-tools, gnome, grip, k3b, mplayer-i586, xine-ui, ssh "

vim = vi improved, a text editor. Type "vi filename" to open a file, then press "insert" to switch to edit mode. After you've made your changes press "esc" that you can type :wq to save or if you want to quit without saving type :q!

x-window-system = the graphical environment, you also need a desktop environment like kde or gnome, or a window manager like fluxbox. This will also install xfs = x font server, which you will need in order to get X working.

gcc = compiler, you need this to install stuff from source code.

module-init-tools = to be honest I'm not quite sure what it does but it seems to be necessery for 2.6 kernels

kernel-kbuild/make/g++ = related to compiling, you need at least some of these (propably all, not sure) in order for the nvidia driver to work, for example make isn't at least in the default sarge base install.

locales = sets the language/keyboard settings, I need to reconfigure this to get öä working. If your keyboard works and you get no errors while installing packages you can ignore this.

xfonts-base/xfonts-100-dpi/xfonts-100-dpi-transcoded etc = fonts for the XFS (x font server) I'm not quite sure what these individual packages contain but after I install them all the fonts work great.

xmms + libmikmod2 = xmms is a winamp style program, and it needs the libmikmod2 library to work (at least mine did, not sure why apt-get didn't download it as a dependency.

cdrdao = k3b needs this, this is the program k3b uses to burn CD:s (as far as I know).
K3b = in my opinion the best CD-burner software there is. It's a qt program (KDE)

irssi-text = irc client, ie, internet relay chat. A chat program that works even without X (the graphical environment). So if something doesn't work you can always come to irc and ask for help.

make = needed to install software from source/compiling, also the nvidia installer needs this.

alsa, alsa-base etc = advanced linux sound architecture I think? This is the linux sound system. It's standard for 2.6 kernels as far as I know

alsaconf = after you've installed all the alsa stuff, you can configure alsa with this. Just load the necessary modules and then run alsaconf, it should autodetect your card and set it up. After this you need to run alsamixer in order to unmute your sound.

vorbis-tools = needed for .ogg files, and contains tools for them. For example ogg123 is part of this package, which lets you listen to .ogg files even without X.

gnome = gnome desktop environment, most people prefer kde, you can apt-get that too.

grip = CD ripping tool, you can convert CD:s to mp3/ogg with this.

mplayer-i586 = i586 (pentium?) version of the popular media player

xine-ui = another media player, very good looking and "it just works"

ssh = ssh server, if you want to log on to your system from another computer. Be sure to configure it correctly, the config file is /etc/ssh/sshd_config. You might not need this program at all.

about the nvidia drivers: I have them, and works fine with 2.6.5 standard debian kernel-image. You need to download make, gcc, g++, kernel-headers for your kernel and the kernel source in order for it to work. Then just edit the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file.

I'm propably wrong about some of these, so please correct me if you see anything that isn't right, still learning debian myself

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Old 05-09-2004, 07:20 AM   #18
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Vim has its own tutorial,in terminal type vimtutor and practice,david
Old 05-09-2004, 09:24 AM   #19
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Thanks, that helps a lot. I will be sure to install those packages.
Old 05-09-2004, 09:49 AM   #20
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To get info about an interesting program you've heard about, do "apt-cache search <keyword>". For more info about the available options for apt-cache, do "apt-cache --help".

To find out what packages are already installed to your computer, do "dpkg -l | more". For more info about the available options for dpkg, do "dpkg --help".

You can find out the available options for any command by doing "<commandname> --help".
Old 10-19-2004, 02:40 AM   #21
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well, i was going to post something here...but saw that it was pointless...

Last edited by TimmyP; 10-19-2004 at 02:41 AM.
Old 10-19-2004, 11:30 AM   #22
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"Thanks, I was refering to installing a .deb file that I downloaded. I use apt-get for everything else though."

Read the sticky:

Debian Configuration Post-Install

at the top of this page.
Old 10-21-2004, 09:06 AM   #23
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Re: Re: Is there an easy way to get debian started with programs like mandrake instal

Originally posted by utanja
i am runnning debian right out from the box.......the main difference is that debian is really not a beginners linux.....i have been using linux for years....started with RH5 and fininished with fedora.....all were good...but debian runs flawlessly....and never had a problem with recompiles.......only problem i had was installing nvidia video card.....i had to manually tell debian the location on the bus for the big problem....

i have abandon RH / Fedora.....too much like M$oft marketing stategy....

you will only learn linux by using it...and not by letting it install itself....
Actually, I think Debian should be THE beginner's linux. When you install Debian, you are forced to custom configure it by virtue of it's install methid and apt. This is what lured me to Debian in the first place. I had started with Mandrake with no prior Linux knowledge and got frustrated by not knowing what was going on under the hood. I then tried Redhat but didn't care to have everything including the kitchen sink installed (I didn't know what to tell it not to install). I tried Slack - didn't get far on the install (more my fault than Slack's I'm sure). Tried Gentoo -liked it but consistently broke the networking after the install and didn't have the knowhwo to fix it. Then tried Debian and was hooked. This was the perfect Linux distro in my opinion. I had to build from the ground up. I have often times said that I should try Slack again or really learn Redhat but just never do. I'm a Debian man.
Old 10-22-2004, 01:20 AM   #24
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To install a .deb
dpkg -i file.deb

To search for a package
apt-cache search package


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