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Old 07-20-2003, 07:07 PM   #1
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Complete idiot questions

There's nothing quite as humbling as using Linux for the first time; I'm sure of it.

Anyway, I've got some dumb questions to ask; I've been pulling my hair out for a few days. At least I was smart enough to scour the documentation for most of my problems, but these have me stumped.

1. I know how to compile new programs; or, at least the basic configure && make && make install process, but how do I recompile a program that was included on my distro disc? I need to recompile mplayer to install new codecs, for example.

2. How do I get my Linux machine to talk to my Windows XP machines on the network? I've installed all the Samba packages; even the ones I don't think I need, but I don't know how to get it to use them; on a verbose boot, it says 'Mount SMB file system: Unused'.

Anyway, feel free to pass this around the office for a laugh, but thanks in advance for any answers you can give me, too.
Old 07-20-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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To configure Samba, you can use GUI tools like SWAT or WebMin.
Or you can take a look at a Samba HowTO.

As for MPlayer, if you want to rebuild an RPM, take a look at the Rebuilding for additional features on this site.


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