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Old 12-05-2009, 12:57 AM   #1
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Add/remove won't install programs

I have a netbook made by Skytex. When I use the add/remove program to install a program I click on the add button and the open file window opens up. The only files it will recognize are .info files. When I download a program that says it will run on Linux I can't seem to find any .info files. What am I doing wrong? I do extract the the downloaded program first. Please help.
Old 12-05-2009, 01:45 AM   #2
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Hi Dcjep,

Does you software/package is having .rpm extension ?

If YES : take a terminal[command mode] and issue the command to install the package from the path the package is existing.

# rpm -ivh <package-name>.rpm

where :

i :- install
v :- verbose
h :- hash [progress bar]

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Old 12-05-2009, 01:54 AM   #3
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You do not say anything about your package or distribution. Tell us what package are you trying to install and on what distribution? And are you connected to the internet while you are using this add/remove tool? You need to be on the internet for this.
And also have you tried to install the package using the package manager? If it is available in your distribution repos then your package manger should be able to install it without any issues.

Why are you guessing that OP is using RH based distribution? He may be using but may not be as well. And is not the add remove package tool used to install the packages from internet?
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Thanks for replying. Bear with me. How do I get to the terminal? From what I have read, I need to click on applications and then terminal. I don't have anything that says applications. The top of my screen has tabs. They say internet, work, play, settings, and others. None of the icons in those tabs say applications or terminal.
Old 12-05-2009, 10:09 AM   #5
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It doesn't sound to me like he is using a package manager. dcjep... From the way you described your first post, it sounds like you are trying to use add/remove software to install an EXISTING file...
click on the add button and the open file window opens up.
It sounds to me like you are using a version of windows, as a linux pakage manager will self install software from repositories on the internet. You do not have to choose a file in a window.
Old 12-05-2009, 10:16 AM   #6
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hi dcjep,
if you are saying about add/remove application, you must include your OS distribution. Because different linux distributions uses different package manager, so you must say about your OS configuration.
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Well, I don't know what OS distribution it is. Where do I find that? I have tried installing flash player and wine. I download them, unpack them with a program on there called Sky Tar. Then I use the program called Software Installer to install it. When that program opens up it says add/remove at the top. I click on the add button and it shows a window to pick a file. The only files it will recognize is *.info files. I am connected to the internet while I am doing this. This is my first experience with Linux so I appologize if I don't know what I am doing.
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Originally Posted by dcjep View Post
Well, I don't know what OS distribution it is. Where do I find that?
Open a terminal and enter:
ls /etc | egrep 'vers|rele'
Old 12-06-2009, 05:39 PM   #9
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One of these, yes?

Don't recognize the designs... cannot find any indication of what linux distro they use. The support page is no help.

Dcjep, if you haven't found the terminal yet: is there something similar to 'run' in Windows? It may be possible to bring up a terminal from there... 'xterm' should work.


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