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Old 04-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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How to open .deb files ?


Hi members,

I am a newbie to the world of linux and today i have started my internet on linux after a long session of hardwork. For some fun i have downloaded yahoo messenger for Red hat linux and saved it on my desktop. I have logged in as root. Now i wanna know how can i use that "ymsger......386.deb " file .

I know that some of you might be laughing at my question but i am still asking it because i commit that i am a newbie and i wanna be a master.

A faithful friend
realnapster
 
Old 04-18-2006, 02:47 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to Linuxquestions

Nobody is laughing at you. It is great that you want to try Linux, this place wont scare you away. Thats for sure.

If you are running Redhat as you write, then you downloaded the wrong file. Files with .deb extension is for the Debian distribution.

Use this link:
http://messenger.yahoo.com/messenger/download/unix.html

Grab the file corresponding to your Redhat version. Follow the Redhat three step how to

Thats it.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 04:45 PM   #3
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.deb files are for Debian and Ubuntu only, for a Red Hat system you need RPM or .tar.gz files. anyway if u were in debian here's what it would be

$ dpkg -i (filename)

in order to build Tarballs tar.gz

$ tar -zxvf (filename)
$ cd (created directory)

then read the readme, the usual sequence is

$ /. configure
$ make
$ make install

however it varies so read the readme, also you cant use .zip in linux as far as i know
 
Old 04-18-2006, 09:56 PM   #4
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It is possible to unzip .zip files in linux.
Code:
apt-cache search unzip
unzip - De-archiver for .zip files
There are other answers as well, but unzip certainly does exist for *nix systems.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 04-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #5
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sweet, didnt know that
 
  


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