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Old 11-27-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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Cool installing package using terminal....

Hi how to install a package using terminal, i tried the command 'sudo apt-get install <package name>, but it's displaying a error msg saying no package of tat name is found. What would be the reason. What is the extension of a package and what does '.rpm' represent.
Old 11-27-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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Which linux distribution are you running on? The error you get is because a package with that name does not exist on your installation sources, that is the software repository configured on your system. Depending on the linux flavour you're running on, there are different procedures to enable additional repositories.

Furthermore on the command line you have apt-get on debian/ubuntu, yum on red-hat like systems and zypper on opensuse, just to cite some of them. A .rpm extension means it is a package managed by RPM (formerly red-hat package manager), the one you install using the rpm command or better using yum or zypper. On debian/ubuntu the packages have the .deb extension. On slackware you will have .tgz and so on. Just focus on the ones available for your system and you will be happy!
Old 11-27-2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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what does '.rpm' represent
. Use the "rpm" command.

> man rpm

What Linux are you on?
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Theory is when you know all and nothing works. Practice is when all works and nobody knows why. In this case we have put together theory and practice: nothing works... and nobody knows why! (Albert Einstein)
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