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Old 11-19-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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n00b question about installing application

I have been trynig to install openoffice, xmms, realplayer, and some libraries. The only thing I am able to install is glib.

When I try to install other stuff, I run into a lot of " ______ cannot be found" or "error while loading: ____ cannot open....:no such file or directory"
So, I go and find the ____ when I install the _____, they have yet another ____ it cannot find. It goes on and on, and I just cannot install anything.

1. Do I have to always find all those missing library (I think they are libraries) to install just one program?
2. Is there any way to simplify this crazyness, so I don't have to install about 5 things before I can install this one program I want to use?
3. Is "make install" the process that actually install the program?
4. When I run "make install" where is my program actually installed?
5. Is it possible to change where a program is installed? example: when I install something in windows they normally put it in C:\ProgramFiles\, but I can change it to E:\I-like-to-install-it-here\

Thank you very much.
Old 11-19-2005, 11:22 PM   #2
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Have you tried using yum to install your programs? Or have you tried using rpm files? What version of Linux are you using?

Try running this command at a command prompt as root:

yum install realplayer*
Old 11-19-2005, 11:35 PM   #3
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I use Fedora Core 4.
I have not yet tried YUM. I will try it.
I was using the command rpm -ivh <filename.rpm> for most of the things.
Old 11-20-2005, 01:42 AM   #4
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You were doing the install right with rpm. If you want to install more then one rpm just do rpm -ivh program1.rpm program2.rpm program3.rpm. If your box is connected to the Internet then yum is the easiest way to go. It will do all the resolving for you...
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