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Old 12-28-2004, 08:15 PM   #1
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Installing and running software


I am just getting started with Linux (redhat 9.0). I am finding it hard to get my head arround the software installation and running.gnome

I am sure the text editor "vi" is installed but I can't seem to find it using the gnome interface.

where do I find all the software?


Old 12-28-2004, 08:31 PM   #2
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Hi there no_names_left!

Welcome to To find if a program is installed on your PC, you've to open a terminal (as Gnome-terminal) and type the following:

rpm -qa | grep vi

vi, as the one used above, is an example, replace vi for the programs you want to check if it's installed. Try to learn the Linux command line well, it's going to be your best buddy, since the gui interfaces, although cute, always lack some (important) function.

You might also want to read this thread in order to understand well how programs in Linux are installed, be it from rpm packages or compiling from source code:

Good luck!
Old 12-28-2004, 11:29 PM   #3
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Vi is text based; it is run through a terminal. Try running gnome-terminal and typing vi
Old 12-30-2004, 03:05 PM   #4
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thanks that works a treat


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