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Old 09-18-2003, 12:57 AM   #1
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Cannot install Acrobat on Redhat 9

Dear friends,

I am very new to linux, and got stuck with a simple problem. its a humble request to you all, please help me out. I have Redhat Linux 9, the problem is:

I dont know how to install a package without a RPM file.
I have downloaded the setup of Adobe Acrobat reader its a gunzip file. i extracted it, there is a file with name install which is actually a script file. i am trying to run this install script but am not successful in installing it. Its giving an error.

Can any one help me please.

thanx in Advance.
Old 09-18-2003, 03:31 AM   #2
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I'm assuming that you put something like this.

tar -zxvf adobesomename.tar.gz

and, after unzipping and unarchiving, there was some file named INSTALL, among others.

I think that to run from directories that aren't in the system PATH you need to type ./ before the name of the file.

(that's a period and a slash)

So, in this case, type ./INSTALL

If you are having a problem installing into a certain directory (the default is /usr/local/.....) you should pick somewhere else or use the su command.

If none of this helps, include more info on the error.
Old 09-18-2003, 03:42 AM   #3
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The INSTALL file often contains some information about how to install the soft it comes with.

To install a .tar.gz file, you can build your own rpm file and install it or simply use the Makefile.

So here's how the second solution works for many softwares :

run the ./configure script, it will check if you have everything needed installed on your box.
If everything works well, it should have created a file named 'Makefile'
most of the time typing make and make install will compile and install your program without any problem. If some dependency is not resolved, install the required library and retry ....

Hope it helps



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