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Old 03-07-2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy RPM Installations Being Weird

I just got mandrake a week or 2 ago, and at first it was great, installing packages without a hitch and everything. Now when I try to open a package (when before it would use RPM to install it) it just brings up the "Open With..." window. This happened about the same time a few of my programs stopped working, like they were uninstalled or something. This stinks because now I have to use the command line to install packages, which takes more time and doesn't seem to handle dependencies as well. Now I can't install ANY packages on my system, and none of the ones I had installed by hand that worked before don't work, so I have a bare system, with a few KDE editors and Mandrake, but thats it.

Another thing is that when I DO use the command line to install programs it does the thing I hate most about linux vs windows, it doesn't tell me where it installed to, so if I want to open this and make any use of it i'm pretty much SOL.

If any one could help me i would appreciate it a lot. I'v had a lot of people say I need to set up RPM as the browser package manager, but no one knows how to do it .

Old 03-07-2004, 10:32 PM   #2
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rpm -Uvh [package]

it either works or doesnt, if it doesnt what was the error message ?

so, i take it you are using kde, in the configure kde options you can associate the rpm extension with the graphical program u want to install the rpm.

what do you mean where it installs it to....
it installs it to linux. it does not matter where each individual file goes, the installer will know where to put it.
for example, if u install the rpm "firestarter-version.rpm" then the command to run it is "firestarter" it does not matter where the library's and binary's go.

if u want to start the program by clicking somthing, then make a link.
users shouldnt be going out of there home directory anyways.
Old 03-08-2004, 07:06 AM   #3
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witch release of mandrake?
If its 9.2 it wont hurt and might help to update your menus.
In the "run command" dialog box or at a command line type in "update-menus -v" without the quotes
It wont fix all your problems but might help with some.

Last edited by toastermaker; 03-08-2004 at 07:09 AM.


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