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Old 04-14-2004, 11:16 PM   #1
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Please... How do I install a program...

I just need a clear explanation of what to type or what to substitute "prefix" with or any kind of information on installing programs. I am getting no where and its been months.

Old 04-14-2004, 11:37 PM   #2
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uhh ... ok nobody has responded to this one ... is it an rpm or a tar file? You should be able to see the file extension as .rpm or .tar.gz or tar.bz2. Something like that. Since youre using suse ... it has a package manager for rpms and i think for tarred files too. Make sure that the RPMs are meant for SuSE as a Red Hat one may not work as well.
If you dont want to use the gui that SuSE offers .. try this
rpm -ivh package.1.2.3.rpm
put the tarball into ur source directory /usr/src and do this
tar -xvf package.tar
it will unpack the files into a folder there which u must cd into and then type:
make install
Note that you should probably be doing this stuff as root. Also if the tarball has .bz2 or gz at the end, which it most likely will ... you should first gunzip or bunzip2 it which will change it to a tar.
Hope this little intro helped out. If you need more help, make sure that you have read all the documentation that came with the package ur trying to install first.
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