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Old 01-01-2005, 08:00 PM   #1
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Untarring and installing

Using Debian distribution version 3.0 on Linux OS version 2.2.20-idepci. The installation went okay, devices seem to work for the most part, but now I want to download and install more software.

The first one I want is Gaim. I'm new to installing software in a linux environment, but I do know a few commands. What I've done was gone to web sites and tried to download Gaim and thats about as far as I get. I tried with both "gaim-1.0.2.tar.bz2" and "gaim-1.1.1.x86.package" and get the following errors when trying tar xvf filename

tar: This does not look like a tar archive

Should I use some other way of extracting these files? Can I somehow run them as is?

Thanks in advance, let me know if you need more info from my end....
Old 01-01-2005, 08:04 PM   #2
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On debian you should be able to get most software with apt-get.

**Been a while since i used Debian but this should be close
run as root:
apt-get install gaim

and it will take care of everything
Old 01-01-2005, 08:42 PM   #3
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Debian rocks. Though, I can tell you need to aquaint yourself with a couple more commands, the main one being mentioned above, apt-get. First you will want to run an "apt-get update", which will update the apt database with all packages available currently. Then run an install as suggested. You might also want to look into synaptic ("apt-get install synaptic" if it's not already installed), which is a nice gui for apt. Usage is pretty much the same, you'll want to hit the "reload" button, which is the equivalent to a command line apt-get update. Then the "Mark all updates" button is handy. Debian is the first distro I've used that doesn't give me a pita any time I want to install or update something.
Old 01-01-2005, 09:20 PM   #4
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Oh wow. that was a million times easier than installing anything on windows lol

Thanks for the tips!!! Where can i read more about apt-get? I've used it before in the past. I edited some file with vi before, don't really remember.
Old 01-01-2005, 09:48 PM   #5
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Best advice to you is do a search on "apt-get howto" on google. It'll tell you pretty much anything you want and more hehe.


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