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Old 11-18-2004, 07:47 AM   #1
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Totally newbie, please help me!

Hi everyone!

I'm totally new to the whole linux world, and I have one huge problem.
I'm running Linux RedHat 7.2 on a i686-machine, and I really can't get any .rpm-files to work!
I have KDE, do I need anything else? What should I do to make .rpm-files work?

Thanks for replie
Old 11-18-2004, 08:06 AM   #2
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RPM files contain packages of files that can be installed onto your system, and later deleted.

The easiest way to interact with RPM files in from the terminal. Open konsole, and use the cd directory command to navigate to the directory where the RPM file is.

You can view information about an RPM using
rpm -qfi filename.rpm
To install a package from an RPM file, use
rpm --install filename.rpm
To uninstall a package after installation (from any directory), use
rpm --erase packagename
To see more options, use either of:
rpm --help
man rpm
The rpmbuild program is related to rpm and is used for compiling source packages into binary.

Hope that helps,

—Robert J. Lee
Old 11-18-2004, 08:09 AM   #3
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I don't know if RH has a graphical toy (probably has), but you can do it from console:

open console
to become root, type "su" and you'll be prompted for the password
cd /to/the/rpm
rpm -ivh <rpmfile>

Note: this will install the software, it doesn't run it! To run it, you may got menu entries installed automatically to your KDE menu, or you need to create them, or you need to type the command on console.
Old 11-19-2004, 04:40 AM   #4
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Alright, Thank you!
I'm sure that will helps a lot!


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