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Old 06-23-2005, 01:54 PM   #1
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alternatives system nonexistant

Okay, I read the Fedora Core 4 install notes, and it mentions setting up java to work with applications. I intend to install azureus, and I need to do this in order for the installation to work.

However, when I type alternatives, it says bash: alternatives command not found

I've read other posts about this, and they recommended upgrading ntsysv and chkconfig to 1.3.53-03 or something like that. When I tried to install the new chkconfig and ntsysv rpms, it tells me that it conflicts with version 1.3.20-11 of the respective packages. Apparently, version 1.3.20-11 was not installed with an rpm, because it will not let me erase, or upgrade those packages to the new versions, it mentions dependencies.

It tells me that chkconfig-1.3.5 needs ntsysv-1.3.5 in order to install. So I attempt to install the new ntsysv first, and it tells me that chkconfig-1.3.20 needs ntsysv-1.3.20 in order to work.

thank you in advance.
Old 07-03-2005, 07:32 PM   #2
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Let me start off by briefly mentioning that I've never used Fedora, never even heard of the program you're trying to install, and I'm only trying to help ...

bash: alternatives command not found
1. Is your $PATH variable set to the directory that contains the program you are in?
2. If you are trying to run this command from a directory NOT found in the $PATH variable...
1. Enter the Directory
2. type ./alternatives
the . refers to the current directory to prevent bash from searching those in $PATH. Therefore, this executes the alternatives command within the current directory

Concerning your non-rpm build of version 1.3.20-11
This will be a pain, since if you want to remove it and have a "clean" install of the new versions, you need to remove the old one. Skim through the directory of this program (if you know where it is, if not use the find or locate command to search for it) and look for any piece of info that might help you search for every last directory where this program was installed. Go through this directories one by one and remove them. The easiest way is to enter the directory and type "rm -rf ./*" and then "rm -rf ./\.*" to remove all the contents. Then type "cd .." to go to the parent directory and use them rmdir command to remove the directory you wiped out

Concerning Dependancies of the new version
Except for any conflicts, the dependencies have NOTHING to do with the old version. All they mean is that "you need *some* program in order for this program to work". This basically means that you should search for those programs using whatever package management tool Fedora offers and install them. Note that some programs need specific versions of the dependant-programs to run (perfect example: most programs use the older version of automake, but its a GOOD IDEA TO INSTALL BOTH [or more if available] VERSIONS IF YOU ARE UNSURE)

Concerning Conflicts
I honestly am not sure how those work out. If I am correct, it's merely a matter of wiping out the conflicting files and possibly changing other configuration files. But I honestly am not sure

Like I said, I'm not very knowledgeable with your problem, distro, or software program you are trying to install, I just hoped that I've helped, even in the slightest way
Old 07-19-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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you need to use /usr/sbin/alternatives

This site has a good howto for java using alternatives

Last edited by garypalmerjr; 07-19-2005 at 11:34 AM.
Old 07-19-2005, 11:33 AM   #4
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Looks like you're more advanced than me but to get java working on FC all i've evere done is install JRE and configure it, install azureus and run it...
Old 07-19-2005, 09:07 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say more advanced Ethics, because you also get it working.

But the alternatives package is really cool because you can have multiple version of the same program installed but only have one that gets launched by default. At any time you can tell alternatives to use any of the other versions.

When i develop Java software it is good to have java1.4 and java5 installed at the same time inorder to test my software but i only want one to be the default, that is where alternatives comes in. Once you learn it you will wonder how you ever got along without it.


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