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Old 02-02-2004, 03:22 PM   #1
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Extreme Newbie. Trying to install MPlayer on RedHat 9

I'm trying to install MPlayer on RedHat 9 [ I have RH9 and XP dualbooted, Currently posting from XP ] and I keep getting file not found errors.

The command the readme says to use.

[root@localhost root]# rpm -Uvh mplayer-common-0.90rc3-1.i386.rpm mplayer-gui-0.90rc3-1.i386.rpm mplayer-skin-default-1.6-3.noarch.rpm
error: open of mplayer-common-0.90rc3-1.i386.rpm failed: No such file or directory
error: open of mplayer-gui-0.90rc3-1.i386.rpm failed: No such file or directory
error: open of mplayer-skin-default-1.6-3.noarch.rpm failed: No such file or directory

The command I use since the above dosn't match the filenames

[root@localhost root]# rpm -Uvh mplayer-common-1.0pre3-1.i386.rpm mplayer-gui-1.Opre3-1.i386.rpm mplayer-skin-default-1.02.noarch.rpm
warning: mplayer-common-1.0pre3-1.i386.rpm: V3 DSA signature: NOKEY, key ID 75aa026a
error: open of mplayer-gui-1.Opre3-1.i386.rpm failed: No such file or directory
error: open of mplayer-skin-default-1.02.noarch.rpm failed: No such file or directory
[root@localhost root]#

Yes I have all these files in /root

I follow the instructions in the readme and they just always fail. This is kinda flustering me, since I'm a newb :P and want to make my distro more usuable so I can use it with out having to rely on XP for things, suich as movies, dvds, ect ect.

Anyone have any ideas?


Second question, I was told Gentoo is a better distro for a n00b, Since I've done nothing yet on RH9, it would be no big deal if I had to switch..

What I want to know is, Is gentoo really a better beginer core than RH?

I'm not some computer newbie, I've been using PCs since 3.11, I just finally got a machine that I can get linux to install on without problem and want to learn how to use it.

Old 02-02-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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Second Question:

Most people say that Mandrake is very easy for newbs...Once i get my CDs i am going to use that to try to get the parents to switch to linux also.
Personally i think RH9 is pretty easy also. As long as you stay with the bigger distros you should have no problem finding documentation that tells you specifically how to do things on that distro. RH (and Fedora), Mandrake, SuSE, and Debian are all pretty well documented i have found.

As for the first Q, that is strange..i can't help you there. I was going to say make sure you are in the same directory that you copied the .rpm to, but you said you were in the right directory.


Old 02-02-2004, 04:09 PM   #3
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Try pressing tab after typing the first few letters of the names of each of the rpm files you're trying to install. The shell will complete the name of the file, so you know that you're entering the correct filenames


cd /root
rpm -Uvh mplayer-c<tab> mplayer-g<tab> mplayer-s<tab>

(Obviously press tab where it says <tab>) You should see the rest of the filename appear.



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