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Old 02-12-2004, 04:12 PM   #1
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Question Noob needs help installing software

This is frustrating

Noob here, i have downloaded a .tar.gz file and unpacked it. i followed the install instructions that came with it, something like
Cd "directory"
make install

i do all that but then i dont know hot to actuly run the program i use the terminal or sometimes i use KDevelop (Redhat 8.0).

can anyone help me?

Thanx, Atrx2k
Old 02-12-2004, 04:22 PM   #2
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You have to run it - either from a command line, or a shell. It is typically the name of the proggy you installed. For instance, if the package was called "xmms-1.2.9.tar.gz" then it's safe to say the command to start it would be "xmms". You can also create icons on your desktop (depending on the WM) that point to this app, and launch it when double clicked.
Old 02-12-2004, 04:43 PM   #3
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Thanks, finaly i can run all my new progs

Old 02-13-2004, 12:00 AM   #4
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I'll add some useful info. If you canīt find your program, do the following:

(do 1 and 2 just the first time in order to build the database)
1) type "su" (itīll ask you for the root password)
2) now that youīre logged as root, type "updatedb"

(actual program search)
3) type "locate <name>" where name is the program you want to find

This will give you a list of where the program is located. The executable files will probably be on a bin or the program directory.
Remember not to include the " ", and also you can use wildcards in the name.
Old 02-13-2004, 02:11 AM   #5
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I found a useful feature the other day. If you type half the commadn and press TAB then it either completes it or lists all the possibilities in the environment variable.


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