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Old 03-13-2004, 01:34 AM   #1
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Program Installation woes

Mandrake itself installed quite smoothly, and so did all the programs that came with it. However I entered a WORLD of headaches that, as far as I'm concerned, is a massive barrier to widespread Linux adoption:

Installing other programs.

My goodness what a nightmare it has been. If I use the tarball there is always a problem with ./configure, saying I need some file. So off I go to get that file. Which says it needs another file. So I get that file, which THEN says that it conflicts with a file I already have! For example:
I have an rpm for pilot-link. When i try to run it it says:

Some package requested cannot be installed:
pilot-link-0.11.8-alt1.i586 (due to unsatisfied

If I try to get pilot-link-0.11.8-alt1.i586, first it says it has bad signatures, then it says it conflicts with other files:
Installation failed:
file /usr/lib/ from install of libpilot-link-0.11.8-alt1 conflicts with file from package libpisock8-0.11.8-4mdk
file /usr/lib/ from install of libpilot-link-0.11.8-alt1 conflicts with file from package libpisock++0-0.11.8-4mdk

I can't even find to even try and install that.

I expected drivers to be a pain, which they are (although the default settings detected everything very well, that was great) but basic software installation? This is but one example of numerous issues I've been having. How do you guys do it? Am I doing something wrong?
Even when I do successfully install something, I have no idea where it goes. No shortcuts are made or anything. I often have to do a search and manually make the shortcut, that is if the search even turns up the program.
This is all done using KDE 3.1.3 and Mandrake 9.2. I'm using rpmdrake to do installations.

Thanks for your help,

Last edited by killswitch1968; 03-15-2004 at 12:04 AM.
Old 03-13-2004, 04:15 AM   #2
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have a look at the urpmi command

google for easy urpmi and go the first result
there are instructions there on how to configure urpmi,
this basically connects to a site and allows you to type
urpmi programname
and it goes off and installs the program you want and all required deps, (providing they are on that site)
there are several posts on this site about urpmi

menus in mandrake 9.2 are buggy but can be updated with the following command
update-menus -v
no need to be root, and you'll need to close the terminal manually as this process does NOT return to a command prompt but hangs after a few seconds (you'll notice it when it does hang)
there is an update that sorts the menu problems (can't remember which one though)
Old 03-15-2004, 10:04 PM   #3
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Software installation is actually one of the joys of using Mandrake.

Compiling is a *last resort* in Mandrake. You should set up urpmi sources, then use urpmi (command line) or rpmdrake (gui).

Standard software installation requires neither compilation NOR downloading. urpmi locates, retrieves, and installs packages. It also resolves dependencies.

Last edited by mac_phil; 03-15-2004 at 10:06 PM.


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