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Old 07-20-2004, 03:39 PM   #1
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installing rpm's

when i download an rpm file where does it install ?
i downloaded a video player mplayer, it is a rpm when i double click it, it does something but
there is no icon of the mplayer . where do i find the installation directory ' in windows it called program files'.
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In Linux it's like this (even though ymmv with distro).

The easiest way for you to find out where it went
would be to query the rpm database.

rpm -ql `rpm -qa | grep <program name>`

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# locate mplayer
will give you the installation directory of mplayer. I suggest you look at rpm command.

# man rpm
also try to google for man rpm keyword. Also here are few links you might want to check out to get around linux. - excellent source for guides to getting around in linux. - Linux newbie administrator guide...very useful for newbie.

get a decent book for linux for a handy reference. Check out the book reviews section of LQ.

Hope this helps!
Old 07-20-2004, 04:10 PM   #4
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in linux its called '/'
when you double clicked it, did it install ? it shouldnt do, unless you were logged in as root (which is a big NO !)

you really should install rpms from command line.

use the command 'su -' to gain root privilages.
then rpm -Uvh /path/to/rpm ro install it.


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