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Old 02-22-2004, 02:49 AM   #1
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First Day, First Question

Hey guys ....

First day in the open source community and let me say im loving linux .. currently on mandrake after a failed debian install i have a couple of questions if thats ok ...

1) RPM's ... i undertsnad theyre a form or compression but "uncompressing" them requires a number of letters eg "-ivh"... what does that mean ?? -- also im getting dependency errors when unrpming some files ... is that because ivh doesnt work for all files ??

.... hmm i have alot more but will post them slowly as i work out how to put them in words .. thanks ... help is appreciated
Old 02-22-2004, 02:59 AM   #2
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running a rpm is sort of like installing program in windows. Mandrake may just let you double click them from a explorer and install them graphically.

If you prefer the command line, type man rpm or google/linux and earch, it'll let you knwo what all of those flags do. the man program works for most commands in linux. EX:

man ls
man aumix

you get the idea.

Old 02-22-2004, 03:02 AM   #3
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thanks mate ... ill check google/linux ... forgot all about it ....
Old 02-24-2004, 07:28 AM   #4
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Install the package

To be verbose

Prints out hash marks while instlling

-i -v -h
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:33 AM   #6
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I just double-click the RPM and let Mandrake's graphical installer do it for me.
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I used to make it that way, but you get to see lots more info on console which for me is a step backwards... we should be able to see the same if not much more on the graphical version of RPM.


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