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Old 07-30-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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need to install lynx, I'm clueless

So I just got a dedicated server to start learning on and I'm really a moron in the Linux field. I want to get Lynx installed on the system running RH9. I can telnet in as root and FTP in but the box is in another state so I don't have an install cd to pop in. I've looked all over but I can't find a simple way for a newbie like me to install this. I've gone to the lynx website and downloaded the distro on my own PC but I have no idea what to do with it, where to put it on the server, etc. What I'd love is just some command line commands from root to do this with, from downloading the package to installing it. Anybody know where I can find some step by step instructions or anyone nice enough to type some out?

Old 07-30-2004, 04:05 PM   #2
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First off, NEVER access your server via telnet or FTP, and particularly not as root. Those protocols are dangerous because all information is sent over the network in plain text, making it simple for an attacker to intercept the traffic and get your passwords. You need to use the secure equivalents SSH and SFTP instead.

In any case, onwards with your question. I assume the file you downloaded was an RPM. If so you can scp it to your server (scp stands for Secure CoPy). From your local Linux command prompt type the command:

scp /path/to/lynx/rpm user@remoteserver:/where/to/put/it

You will be prompted for your password and the RPM file will be copied to the path /where/to/put/it on the remote server (the syntax is exactly the same for copying any other file, too). Then SSH to your remote server and become root. Then cd to the directory when you put the RPM and use:

rpm -ivh <filename of RPM>

to install it.
Old 07-30-2004, 04:08 PM   #3
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here is what you need to do step-by-step:

download the apt-get rpm. login to your box and run the following command(s):


rpm -Uvh apt-0.5.5cnc6-fr1.i386.rpm

apt-get update

apt-get install lynx

all done!!!

hope i could help!!!!

Old 07-30-2004, 04:33 PM   #4
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Thanks to the both of you. Actually I am using SSH I just wasn't sure what the different terminalogy was. I just thought they were the same thing. And thank you though, I'm new to all of this so I appreciate the concern and I'm right now adding a new user aside from root to do my everyday stuff on. And thanks linuxlastslonge(r), that worked like a charm! Is this how you install most added programs onto the RH install?



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