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Old 06-04-2004, 06:08 AM   #1
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Can't install a RPM package

Wonder if you can help me.

A long story, but I shall try to truncate.

I am running Red Hat 9 with Gnome 2.0 and wish Linux to recognise my Alcatel Speedtouch ADSL USB Modem.

I went to the HCL on this site and got a very nice link to (I can;t put in opn here as I have not posted 5 posts, but it is under HCL/Modems/Alcatel/Speedtouch and followed the instructions to the letter.

I am sure it would have worked, but when I ran the script, it complained that GCC was not installed.

Not wishing to be the stumbling newbie, I looked up what GCC was, and found it is a compiler, that is an optional install in Red Hat 9. Good news. Inserted the Red Hat 9 install disks, and clicked development tools, and asked to install GCC, is runs for a while, checks existing packages, then asks for Disk 2. I insert disk 2, then is comes back and says install failiure.

I then browsed the disc 2 manually, and found GCC in RPM formet, so tried to open the RPM directly from disc 2. Same issue, checks current packages, then does nothing.

I thought "maybe there is a prob with disc 2" so copied into home directory and tried to open from there. Sam again, checks current packkages then does nothing.

My final attempt, was to download the latest GCC RPM from the net, and place that into home, and run it from there. Guess what? Same again, check packages then does nothing.

Ina nut shell, how the hell do I install a RPM in RedHat9? Am I doing something wrong? Can you not just OPEN a RPM file? Is there a RMP manager (I looked but could not see one)?

Thanks in advance

Old 06-04-2004, 06:53 AM   #2
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Hi mobyuk,

Ina nut shell, how the hell do I install a RPM in RedHat9? Am I doing something wrong? Can you not just OPEN a RPM file? Is there a RMP manager (I looked but could not see one)?
I'm not sure I do correct understand your question regarding "just OPEN a RPM file". RPM is a special format do bundle an installabale package. The RPM-based OSes, such like RedHat, SuSE, Fedora and etc., come with one standard RPM manager called [/B]rpm[/B]. Typing from a console the command man rpm will give you alot of information about what and how the RPM manager works. There's another advanced RPM manager called apt4rpm, but it is not a standard distribution package and it might be needed to download it from the INet.

Now to your primary question regarding the GCC installation. Checking GCC's package alone does not satisfy the requirements of the dependancy the GCC has. It depends on many other packages and compiler utilities. If you has the option, check in your RedHat Setup application the option "Automatic check/resolve dependancies". The option should sound alike, I do not have RedHat, and thus do not know how the Add/Remove Software manager is really called.

If a RPM package has unresolved dependancies, when it is about to be installed, the installation will fail of course. You might want to try this command line and then post the results here. Probably you have problem with brocken package dependancies, so the output of the rpm command will be helpful.

Open a console and there logged in as root (type su -) type this command (for example)
rpm -Uvh gcc-3.2.1-i586.rpm

Of course, you might replace the gcc-3.2.1-i586.rpm name with whatever name has your GCC package.

RPM will give you feedback on what it does and what went wrong in case something went wrong.
Post here the output of that command.

Kind regards,
Old 06-04-2004, 02:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advice. It worked!

Being the newbie that I am, I thought you could just double click (or right click and click open) on a RPM package using a file browser.

Guess I am still too Windowish!

When running rpm -Uhv {filename.rpm} as root it worked like a dream.

Once again, I am very grateful, for the helpful and friendly Linux community that exists, and will help other newbies when I grow up (if ever)!


Old 12-11-2008, 06:24 AM   #4
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Please I am also trying to use the solution provided here and i get an error:

]# rpm -Uvh FreeWnn-devel-1.10pl020-6.i686.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
FreeWnn-libs = 1:1.10pl020-6 is needed by FreeWnn-devel-1.10pl020-6.i686

I try to install the package it seems to be requesting for and i get a similar error

]# rpm -Uvh FreeWnn-libs-1.10pl020-6.i686.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
FreeWnn-libs = 1:1.10pl020-5 is needed by (installed) FreeWnn-devel-1.10pl020-5.i386

Please I am a newbie too, what should i do?


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