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Old 03-30-2003, 06:26 PM   #1
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newbie questions regarding filesharing and java

I installed mandrake 9.1 on my old machine and it appears to work fine however i have a couple of questions.

1: how do i enable filesharing so that the other windows comptuer and mac (that is running dave, os 8.6) can browse the linux box for file shares and stuff?

2: how do i install java so that mozilla can use it? i went to and i think i clicked on (i am not sure right now, i am at work and the computer is not with me) the linux self-extracting RPM file and saved it to my home folder, however when it finsihed downloading, when i doubleclicked on the file in my home folder, nothing seemed to happen and i am unsure what to do next. Should i download the linux self-extracitng file (not the RPM one) from the same site or what should i do??

3: in relation to question 2, how does one properly install a downloaded file from the web for linux?? like if i downloaded a game, do i just doubleclick on it and go like one does in windows??

4: how to redetect the sound card? i installed an older soundblaster soundcard (isa) into my mandrake box after it was fully up and running and operational. How do i force harddrake to redetect the presence of the new soundcard and enable it?
Old 03-30-2003, 08:51 PM   #2
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Okay I got the answer to the first 3 questions but I'm not sure about the fourth one.

1. Check out Samba.
2. I don't install rpm's from a gui. I find it easier to do it from a shell. Go into a shell as root and type:

rpm -ivh <javapackage>

replacing <javapackage> with the package you downloaded. After that you can issue a:

whereis java

command and it should spit back some directories where java is installed. If you do not see any directories then java is not installed.

3. It depends on what type of file you downloaded. There is a great tutorial in the General forum on how to install packages in Linux.
Old 03-30-2003, 09:18 PM   #3
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3. if it's in tar.gz format:
tar -xzf program.tar.gz
cd program


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