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Old 02-07-2005, 07:07 PM   #1
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STOP the insanity.......please help!!!!

I'm a 100% new user to Linux, just installed Mandrake 10 2 weeks ago. I'm unsure what are the program files I need to download. For example: Of all these how would I know which to download to get it set-up?

Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake Other
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X
Mandrake 10.X

Then theres the issue of installing, whether it's an RPM or a .TAR.GZ

for the RPM, I was told to go to its directory and type as root:
urpmi [filename].rpm, which gave me this:
[root@10 Desktop]# urpmi gimp2_0-2.0.4-1mdk.i586.rpm
Some package requested cannot be installed:
gimp2_0-2.0.4-1mdk.i586 (due to unsatisfied (Y/n) y OR
[root@10 Desktop]# urpmi guarddog-2.4.0-2mdk.i586.rpm
Some package requested cannot be installed:
guarddog-2.4.0-2mdk.i586 (due to unsatisfied (Y/n) y

As far as .TAR.GZ, I haven't came across that yet, so I could use some help on that. I was told using Linux will be difficult when first configuring everything (which I have absolutely no doubt about). But once everything works, it's a beautiful thing. Which I look forward to. Anything to take me away from M$.

Thank you all for your help, hopefully someday I can return the favor

Take care everyone,
Old 02-07-2005, 07:36 PM   #2
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The problem seems to be that you don't have and

I can't remember if Mandrake has a content downloader (because those are really easy to use), try to run both of these:

yum --help
aptget --help

If it says it can't find either of them, then you need to search for the various libs above in google. I recommend you search for:

libgimp and libstdc++

Also, you could have installed Mandrake incorrectly. Did you install mandrake with ALL of the development software packages selected? If you didn't, you probably should have. To install anything in linux you NEED the source files (aka development packages) to be available.
Old 02-07-2005, 08:43 PM   #3
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A key thing for newbies to Mandrake: Read My sig!

You should almost *never* have to download a tarball, or a "wild" rpm. If you use urpmi in conjunction withthe Mandrake Control Center / rpmdrake, you can get nearly everything you need to be productive in whatever you are doing. And you will keep your system more stable.

If you want the latest and greates version of some app, go ahead and download a tarball, and try to compile/install it. It's good exercise, and teaches you a lot about how things work. But expect it to cause some frustration, and don't be upset if some of the changes you have to make *break* your system.

la-pane, if you are running Mdk 10.1, the Gimp2 rpms are just waiting for you to install them from the urpmi mirrors. If you are on 10.0, you should really try upgrading.
Old 02-08-2005, 04:07 AM   #4
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Also - take a look at this sticky in the Linux-General forum.
Old 02-08-2005, 08:08 AM   #5
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I agree with scuzzman and Padma. Always use those distro specific tools. they make life much easier.
Old 02-08-2005, 08:53 AM   #6
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This is what causes people to give a bad reputation to RPM and RPM based distributions. Downloading inidividual RPMS from the net instead of using package management tools is bound to cause problems such as unresolved dependencies or to the extreme, break something on your system. Use urpmi or other package management tools provided by your distro.


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