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Old 05-11-2009, 10:13 AM   #1
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Distribution: Fedora 8, Ubuntu 9.10, SuSE 10, Fedora 14
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Rpm's and repo's in general, but specifically xosview in FC 8.


I would like to get xosview for my FC 8 system, but I think I have a more basic problem, and that is that I don't understand how these rpm and repo stuff work in Linux, so I think that's why I posted this thread in this forum.

Let's use the example of xosview. I don't know how to get it, but I want to learn how to do this, because it seems fairly common in Linux. If I go Applications -> Add/Remove Software, it asks for root password, and I give it. It says "Unable to retrieve software information" and something about not having a network connection. I do have a working Internet connection, but I guess it means something different.

I typed "xosview","fedora 8" in Google, and I come across sites that seem to give rpm files to download xosview. But I actually don't know what I'm doing, and whether there are better ways. Could something like "yum --install xosview" work, or can I get this from the install DVD? If you are a seasoned Linux user, what are the steps that you follow to get programs? -Um, well,please don't explain it as if you're talking to a fellow Linux geek. Make it very simple, -so that I can follow what you're saying. ;-)

If someone could help me with getting xosview, it would be great, but perhaps if I understand the underlying concepts of rpm's and repo's it would be easy to get the xosview myself.


Yours cluelessly,

Old 05-11-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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Fedora has a rapid release cycle. That means 10 is current now and 11 is already in the works. If you like to run Fedora then the first thing would be to keep up to date with the release schedule or else pick another distro. That said to learn things it's best to read some and just experiment. Fedora has plenty of documentation on their site. Your subject being mainly Yum, running 'man yum' should show that 'yum install xosview' works syntax-wise, but if "xosview" isn't in the default repositories you will have to add other repo's to Yum first. For instance Dag Wieers explains it for his DAG repo like this: BTW on a i386 machine 'rpm -i' should work too (or 'rpm -i' for another version and location).


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