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Old 04-10-2005, 03:41 PM   #1
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Need help with File Extensions

I am trying to download xampp, which is a version of apache web server.
The only version of this file is in a tar.gz file extension. I am running Fedora core 3, do I need to convert it to a .rpm, because when I try to open it, it cant read the contents of the package. Is this at all possible? If not, is there a web server program I should be using?
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Converting .tar.gz to .rpm is possible, but it's not an easy task. It's much easier to actually use the .tar.gz version and install it (its installation is different than rpm). In most cases it goes this way
tar zxvf filename.tar.gz
(to unpack it, a directory with a number of files should be created)
cd filename
(move to the directory created)
(root password when it asks)
make install
Now, if you have not installed anything from source, you may get errors at configure stage stating you don't have certain programs. Read the messages and try to extract program name from it, then search for its rpm and install. You will also need a number of -devel rpms. I recommend to install the 'development' section of packages, because it has many of the ones that may be missing.
Old 04-10-2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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i am kind of a noob to this so how do I make those commands in linux?
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you need to open a console window. fc3 uses the Gnome desktop by default, which I'm not overly familiar with, but if you search your menus, you should find reference to 'console' or similar. what you'll end up with is something that looks similar to the windows 'console' or ms-dos window...


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