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Old 05-04-2004, 03:53 PM   #1
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how do i install a RPM ?

hi all new newbie here

im still tryin to get to grips with linux/mandrake and im tryin to sort the video card out, i have dual monitors and want to use them both with mandrake but its saying it cannot detect a second monitor so i have downloaded the driver file for linux and its an RPM extention do i have to install it from the shell thingy or can i do it from the GUI ?
if so please could you let me know how to do it, im pulling my hair out hear,lol
Old 05-04-2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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You can install the driver from both the GUI and console. In GUI just use your file manager (Konqueror or any other you use) to get to the directory you have the RPM file in. Then just double-click it. You should be asked for root password and the package should install.

Alternatively, from console run
cd /directory/where/the/file/is
(will ask for root password)
rpm -ivh filename.rpm
Old 05-04-2004, 04:04 PM   #3
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to install from the "shell thingy" (it's good practise )....

Open a terminal / command shell

su to root ( type "su" <press enter> type "the_root_password" <press enter>)

As root, type:

rpm -ivh whatever_it's_called.rpm

The rpm should install, assuming it has no dependencies. If there are any additional file it requires it will usually tell you.

If you do need extra files for it to work, take note of what they are and use urpmi ( type "man urpmi" for more info).

Damn, beaten to the post by Mara - teach me to make coffee.

Last edited by frogman; 05-04-2004 at 04:07 PM.
Old 05-04-2004, 04:05 PM   #4
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Well, I know little about Mandy, but I recollect from a recent look at it, that it comes with a GUI thingy called
Drake or something(look for a menu item under system configuration or something like it, and you are sure to find it there. Then just click the add software item)

It just as easy from the comand line though: Just open a terminal window, then navigate to the directory where your RPM file is. Then just type: rpm -ivh
Good luck - and either msg me back, or search the forum - this question has certainly been asked before.
Old 05-04-2004, 04:16 PM   #5
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il give it a go

thanz all for your help ill give it a go in a few,this lixux stuff beats the crap outa me,lol
like learnin to walk backwards upside down blind fold gettin to grips with it
only took me 10 years to sort windows out i go no hope with linux,but feel i need to hava go at it,lol
Old 05-04-2004, 05:13 PM   #6
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Chapter 32. Package Management with RPM


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