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Old 10-29-2003, 10:29 PM   #16
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Uhm... uh... lol...
Right now I'm on KDE... RPM's are what, exactly?
And libraries are what, exactly? Can I download these files (RPMs and Libraries?) or whatever they are? Or are they on CD2 or 3 or whatnot...?
Sorry... I told you I was a n00b...
Old 10-30-2003, 05:16 AM   #17
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At least I'm limiting my questions to my thread... it keeps everything else non-spammish... Anyway, I'm trying to upgrade my from 1.0 to 1.1 and I understand everything in the install instructions except for "getting into root."
I'm guessing that's like Administrator rights in Win2k? How do I do that?

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Old 10-30-2003, 07:46 AM   #18
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RPMs are binary files. You don't need to compile them from source. It's a bit like Windows Install programs. At the terminal type "rpm -i packagename.rpm" or you may be able to open Konqueror, find the appropriate package on the CD and double-click it - I've never used Mandrake, but I would think that would work.
As for getting into root, in a terminal you do "su" then enter your root password, which you should have set up on install. You should also have a normal user, which you should be using most of the time.
How (and why) are you trying to upgrade OpenOffice? Have you downloaded some RPMs? Because if you are building them from source, you'll be looking at ~10 hours compile time.


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