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Old 01-25-2004, 09:58 PM   #1
Astropicachu
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Does anyone knows a good tutorial on how to install software in linux


Hi people,
This problem of installation of software is killing me.
I know that this RPM thingy, keeps a database of what's installed and the respectives dependencies, but I can only install or uninstall software in it is from the bunch that came with the installation cds.
If it is software from some other source like one of the dvds or cds that we get with the magazines, I haven't got a clue. Every folder I click on opens other strange stuff and there's nothing resembling an installation folder we are used to in WIN.
Help please.
Thanks
 
Old 01-25-2004, 10:13 PM   #2
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There are rpm repositories available. You're not limited to those
packages contained in your CD. Here are two popular ones:

http://freshrpms.net/
http://rpmfind.net

You might find a program called "apt" useful. It'll automatically search
various repositories, download, and install whatever package you tell it.
You can find it in freshrpms.

You can also compile programs from source. A quick tutorial here on LQ is:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=45094

Last edited by Berhanie; 01-25-2004 at 10:15 PM.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 10:18 PM   #3
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rpm --help
tar --help

man commands

Write them in the command line wherever you feel like doing so.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 10:20 PM   #4
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bigest tutorial is experience to comile from source (not hard but if ur like me with a pentium mmx chip then be expecting to wait a long time (almost 7 hours i tink to comile glibc, and around 1 hour for teh kernel), all source packages uaualy come with a README or INSTALL file that says how to install, when in doupt jsut type ls and look for a file called configure type .
/configure --prefix=/(werever u want it installed uauly /use or /use/local, if ur realy sure tehn just /)
make
make install

if no configure file then look for a file called Makefile open it with a text editor and modify what is needed (odds are its fine, and you wont knwo what it mean neways so u can skip this if u want) then
make
make install

thatas baiscaly how installing is done by me at least
 
Old 01-25-2004, 10:25 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot Berhanie and Dunedain.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 10:49 PM   #6
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thanks SciYro. I'll see if I can manage to follow your info.
Thanks
 
  


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