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Old 04-12-2004, 07:49 AM   #1
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just a simple explination of how to install anything?

ive tried looking through tutorials and i thought i understood them but something as simple as defining a path to a directory isnt working so i was wondering if anyone knew of a really simple explination of the complete basics of using Konsole to install .rpm files, or any installation file, because the whole thing is really getting on my tits

im on mandrake v9 and i prefer it to windows i just need to learn the programming and i'll be fine

Old 04-12-2004, 07:52 AM   #2
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have a look here

good luck.
Old 04-12-2004, 08:07 AM   #3
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cheers this helps a lot but wen i use the "tar xvf xmms-" command i get this

[root@82-43-175-166 woolcot]# tar xvf xmms-1.2.10.tar.gz
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Skipping to next header
tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

at least its doing something i tried this with more than one file and i got the same message its supposed to exstract the file to a new directory
Old 04-12-2004, 08:19 AM   #4
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you missed the '-'

its 'tar -zxf'

if that dont work, maybe the tar file is corrupt, or only partially downloaded.
Old 04-12-2004, 09:23 AM   #5
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The '-' is not necessary for the xvf switches in my experience.

Also, if you execute 'tar xvf' on a *.gz file you may get those errors (I don't on my RH box here at work).

So the solution is to execute 'tar zxvf' as suggested by the previous poster, or to gunzip the file first, then 'tar xvf' on the resultant *.tar file.


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