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Old 06-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Help installing package sysstat-6.0.2

Hi, All

Thank you for the help Iíve already gotten on this forum. Iím facing another problem I need some help with.

For the purposes of installing Oracle 10g Dbase I need to install a missing package *sysstat-6.0.2* on SUSE Enterprise Server 10 Virtual Machine running on Win XP Pro host. Iíve d/loaded the package from:

and tried to follow up on installation instructions, but failed. The sysstat files are now on virtual CD-ROM mounted to media/cdrom/sysstat-6.0.2, so I can see the files from inside my SLES 10 Virtual Machine

My confusion starts here: what command I need to use to install the package: *install* or *rpm* ?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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You say you're using Suse but then used the LFS site to get the package. This is part of the problem.

In Linux there are many variants (called distributions or distros for short). LFS, Suse, RedHat, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, SlackWare are just a few of the different distros available.

Some of the distros have the same base (e.g. CentOS, Fedora and RedHat are all RedHat derived) that use the same style of "package management" by default. (e.g. the RedHat derived ones use rpm/yum).
Others such as Debian, Ubuntu use apt, apt-get, dpkg and other utilities for package management by default.

Suse uses "yast" for package management. I've not used Suse but have gleaned that from other reading over the years. You should look for information on yast. A good start may be typing:

man yast

If all else fails Google may help.

By the way the above is about getting packages bundled for certain distros. You can always look for a tar.gz bundle of source and compile your own for your specific system.

Typically if you got a tar.gz you would want to do the following:

tar xzvf <bundle>.tar.gz

That would extract the files in the bundle - you'd see on the screen where it was putting them (typically it would make a subdirectory of your current directory named "bundle" and put the files/directories extracted there).

You would then cd to the directory created by the bundle and look for a file called README (there may be other README files too such as README.1st). The README files are text files you can cat or vi to get directions on what to do with the files. For most source packages it goes something like
make install
Old 06-02-2007, 11:52 PM   #3
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many thanks for the info: i'll give it a try. Cheers.

Old 06-03-2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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resolved. I went ot Novell SLES 10's Packages Page:

and found link there for Sysstat src page:

d/loaded file sysstat-7.0.4-1.i586.rpm

and rpm-ed it. Worked OK

thanx for the help you gave me on this.



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