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Old 10-05-2003, 11:00 PM   #1
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installing rpm and tgz packages??

Hi, i got some questions on installing packages into linux box (mdk), hope someone can help me

usually if i installed rpm packages ex test.rpm into linux after that i run rpm -q test , it will return test packages name, but if i installed it using tgz file .. when i run rpm to query the packages it always return "packges" not installed ??

is there any command i should run to update the database first or it is always like this?

Old 10-06-2003, 08:22 AM   #2
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What is the name of the file you are trying to install? The name indicates the actions and the order. .tgz means it is a tar zipped file.
Old 10-06-2003, 08:37 AM   #3
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what i think he is saying is: he installed an app from source, he has the rpm for it, when he runs the test, the rpm says its not installed.

good question, i dont know, normally if i come across something that has to be installed using rpm and they complain that other rpm packages need to be installed (even tough they are installed from source), i force the installation.

maybe someone else knows the answer to this?
Old 10-06-2003, 04:36 PM   #4
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Wel bro, that's because rpm keeps track of what has been installed in an datebase file. But only stuff that's installed via rpm get in to the database.
That means, say I want to install something with an rpm package, but it has an dependancy on something else. I will have to install that dependency with an rpm as well because else rpm won't know the package has been installed.
Some one pleace correct me if i'm wrong, but I think i'm dead on.

p.s. don't kill me because I spelled dependancy (or who ever the hell you spell it) wrong.

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Old 10-06-2003, 08:10 PM   #5
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"is there any command i should run to update the database first or it is always like this?"

You can use checkinstall to turn a tar.gz install into a rpm install. the command sequence is:


Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 10-07-2003, 02:57 AM   #6
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yes Gill Bates that's what i meant

Thanks Jailbait , the "checkinstall" program really works
i can query any tgz files i installed now

thumbs up to the guru
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u learn something new everyday



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