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Old 03-02-2003, 10:17 PM   #1
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Libraries and Dependencies


I am trying to install VideoLAN onto my RedHat 8.0 system. I went to the VideoLAN website and got the proper rpm file, double-clicked it to install it and I get some errors.

Apparently I need all of these libraries to be installed before I install this file. Fine, I downloaded a bunch of these libraries, but then these libraries need other libraries and it's just an endless chain and I cannot get anything to install without something else being installed first.

Is there anything out there that will just install a bunch of libraries in order or something? I don't even know what I'm really looking for, it's just frustrating not being able to install anything. I have tried to install other programs with the same trouble.

Any suggestions/ help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Old 03-02-2003, 10:36 PM   #2
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unfortunately, this can be the thorn in your foot as a Linux user, but honestly its gotten better, believe it or not. My first linux OS was redhat 5.2 and the dependency problem was so bad i stopped using it altogether.

The best thing I can offer is to do a full install. RH8 was around a 4.5GB install but all the libs are installed. its been around three or four months and have not had a dependency problem.

I think that Debian or Mandrake may have apps to help solve the dep. problem.

I came across this while writing this reply. Have a look here:

Good Luck

Old 03-02-2003, 10:36 PM   #3
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That's the problem with rpm, you're sort of stuck with the packages the distro offers until you learn how linux works.

You might find it in apt-get for rpm or (I don't remember seeing that program) in a Red Carpet channel.

Otherwise, chase them down with rpmfind. Good luck.

# Guides to software and installation
Compiling Software Help File
LNAG - How do I install a program I downloaded from the Internet?
Rute Guide's software explanation

# Find software here

# Redhat links
Red Hat Linux Manuals
Maximum RPM
Easier software management: APT-RPM - Red Carpet
Red Hat 8.0 Tips & Tricks

# Redhat 8.0 configuration commands
Configure soundcard:
Configure X server:
Configure network:

Last edited by fancypiper; 03-02-2003 at 10:44 PM.
Old 03-02-2003, 11:01 PM   #4
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Actually I did do a full install which yes, was like 4.5 GBs. So I guess I'm stuck hunting down all this stuff. Thanks for the responses.


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