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Old 05-17-2002, 02:30 AM   #1
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Angry Can't install .rpm--try and asks for program to use...

I am trying to install .rpm files in RH 7.1. When I click on the executable it asks what program I want to use. I have no clue?! I have tried to install a rpogram to open .rpm's but that gets caught in the spiral I am already in. How do I get it so the my computer can install .rpm's???????? What do I need to install to get my computer capable of installing .rpm's? Please help this newbie from going nuts!
Old 05-17-2002, 02:43 AM   #2
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Easiest way to install rpms is to open up your console, and use rpm. ex.

rpm -ivh kdebase.rpm

do a:

man rpm

that will give you a good explanation on how to use rpm. Some good combinations to use:


rpm -ivh package.rpm

Update a prior installation(ex. downloaded the newest version of a program, that is already installed on your comp):

rpm -Uvh package.rpm

remove a pckage:

rpm -e package.rpm
Old 05-17-2002, 06:46 AM   #3
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May be they included some graphical Package installer. In mandrake, i had a choice of which program to use if the file is right-clicked. I know of kpackage. But Redhat might have others
Old 05-17-2002, 12:40 PM   #4
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I think there is something for graphical package installation for RH. package Manager or something with a similar name...
Old 05-18-2002, 12:28 AM   #5
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There is gnorpm in RH for GUI, but I preffer comand line alternative anyway.


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