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Old 06-25-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Question Installling Applications

Hey there. Firstly, shout out to all out there!

I have always been a loyal windows user but finally decided that I wanted to experiment with other operating systems. Decided to install Mandrake 10.0. So far, I think its great! Has real potential. However, I wanted to install some applications that I downloaded from the net. ie. divx players, media players, etc. I'm having a bit of a trouble installing them. How!? I feel real stupid for saying this but where is the install executable? (see what long-term windows use can do to you?!) Any help on this would be appreciated.
Old 06-25-2004, 04:44 PM   #2
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What format are they in? If they end with .rpm, you can either just double-click them or
open a console
type su then hit enter
type in the root password and hit enter
type in rpm -ivh <packagename>.rpm and hit enter
let it install and then type in exit and hit enter
I normally have to wait for a minute and then check the 'start' menu

Mandrake has a great installation tool called Urpmi. Go to EasyUrpmi to configure it. Once your sources are set up, just open a console, use su as above and type in (for example) urpmi grip - urpmi will go off to the internet, find grip, go to install it, check for dependencies, resolve the dependencies and then install everything.
Old 06-26-2004, 03:37 AM   #3
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Ok. So I setup urpmi. do I use the --install-scr command?
Here is the list of files that were in the divx4linux package:
DivX MPEG-4 Codec and Its Interface.htm

Now. When i right-click, I'm asked if I want to execute the script. When I say yes, hdd spins for a while and then stops. Has it already been installed somewhere? How can I find out where applications are deployed?

Another question. Is there a guide to help novice users learn the ropes? Commands, file types, how tos, etc. on the net besides the mandrake site?
Old 06-26-2004, 06:44 AM   #4
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yes, it was installed, ... there were 2 main things that it installed

the includes (needed for programs to and the package to speak the same language) and the binary libs (recompiled libs all set up for you, just like windows's .dll files

the libs are the .so ones , includes are .h

and if you want to learn linux, almost any site will have some info has a few helpful things to get people started

for file types, this you probably wont have to worry about (theres only a few "types" heres a link to a page which lists all of them (i think?)

#define S_IFIFO 0010000 /* named pipe (fifo) */
#define S_IFCHR 0020000 /* character special */
#define S_IFDIR 0040000 /* directory */
#define S_IFBLK 0060000 /* block special */
#define S_IFREG 0100000 /* regular */
#define S_IFLNK 0120000 /* symbolic link */
#define S_IFSOCK 0140000 /* socket */
and there are all the types (ignore the numbers and funny stuff unless your a programmer)

now if by type you don't mean what type of file it is, then, for the most part its just like windows, (very bad) programs act just like windows does and uses a files extension to decide what type it is.... the better programs use the files header (this way is more accurate, and if you rename a file and forget to add its extension, these programs wont care a bit )

basic bash commands :

and one of the biggest (i think the biggest?) site for howto's :

and cant forget, for software :
Old 06-29-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
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thx a lot XavierP and Sciyro! great help.


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