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Old 09-01-2006, 09:12 AM   #1
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Hi, i am new here and i have the following problem: I a problem installing software on linux. I know some commands like ./configure, make, make install but they won't always work and besides my biggest problem is that when i try to install something, for example azureus, it asks me that i need to install some other applications first (e.g. java, python and many others). Now when i finally download them in order to install any one of them i need many other packages for each one.(it never ends). Can i do something for? Thanks!
 
Old 09-01-2006, 09:18 AM   #2
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Most software is installed using a package manager in Linux. If you tell us what distribution you are using, someone can probably tell you what package manager is default and how to use it. If you're going to install from source, you should read all the INSTALL, README, etc., etc. documents that come with the package. These will be available after you unpack everything. I would opt for the package manager though.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 09:18 AM   #3
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Hi, i am new here and i have the following problem: I a problem installing software on linux. I know some commands like ./configure, make, make install but they won't always work and besides my biggest problem is that when i try to install something, for example azureus, it asks me that i need to install some other applications first (e.g. java, python and many others). Now when i finally download them in order to install any one of them i need many other packages for each one.(it never ends). Can i do something for? Thanks!
This is called dependency hell

Basically everything depends on another program/library (whats the point in building every app with the same libraries?)

There are certainly ways to avoid it, you haven't mentioned which distro you use but many distros have package managers that will download/install whatever software you want AND it's dependencies... To name a few : arch , mandriva, suse, fedora core, *buntu, debian

Azureus uses java though, and on a lot of distros it isn;t as easy as just instaling java.
 
Old 09-01-2006, 09:28 AM   #4
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I use Suse and i now that the package installer is yast but fist i don't know how to use it and second what about .tgz or tar.gz files?
 
Old 09-01-2006, 09:51 AM   #5
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To use YAST, I might start here.

And what about tarballs? Unpack them with tar, cd into the directory that is created, read all the applicable documentation, compile and install. If there are dependencies, then you'll have no choice but to install them first. If you don't know how to use tar, type tar --help or man tar in a console to read about it.
 
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Can someone give a link, site, a place to download packages for suse. Thanks!
 
Old 09-01-2006, 09:53 AM   #7
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Arow, Thanks!
 
Old 09-01-2006, 10:46 AM   #8
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what packages can i install in suse? RPM?
 
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yeah you can use RPM, but doing it through Yast is preferred, it will handle the dependency problem
 
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ok thanks!
 
  


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