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Old 11-22-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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Installing software, Dependency games

Hey guys,

Obviously I'm new to linux, and I have this silly question that you guys all know already. I'm trying to install proftpd but I'm getting unsatisfied dependencies. This is in Suse 10.0 Last time I played around with linux I was using Mandrake, and the same thing happened to me. What I mean is every time I want to install something, I have to install something else and it finally steered me away. I feel like a memory heap, and I overflow forgetting what I was orginally set out to do.

I think mandrake used to have something like easy rpm, or urpmi or something that would automatically install all necessary dependencies from some specified server. I'm really getting frustrated, and I was hoping you guys could point me in the right direction. I know its not a hard task, but its very tedious.

Maybe I'm just too used to windows and all the exe/msi installers?

Thanks very much.

Old 11-22-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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yes, the easiest way is to use your distro's 'package mangement system'.
i think suse uses YaST?
check it out.. if it doesnt have the program you need, look around for repositories to setup so it can use those 3rd party sites, but still resolve all dependencies
Old 11-22-2005, 10:20 PM   #3
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Yeah, dependency hell scared me off RPM too. But the SuSE lover that I am, I had to use APT-GET!

It installs programs from updated, searchable repositories and yes, brings down the dependencies for the program you select.


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