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Old 02-10-2004, 02:02 PM   #1
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Various n00bie Qs: RedHat9.2

Just got a Red Hat 9.2 install done & working..(that's good) now what? Well, my goal is to setup wine so i can run some apps like Notes & Visio, etc.. so I can try to quit my windoze dependencies...yeah! Anyway, onto the many Qs (sorry for any dups - I tried searching through many boards but must be getting tired or suffering from info-overload):

1) I d/l'd RH9 ISOs & dont have an active subscription to RHNetwork for auto-updates. Can I still go & manually obtain new RPMs somewhere? (not just fixes/updates but other programs). Any good URLs?

2) I'm using DHCP (working) but I couldn't get my IP. I tried ifconfig & netconfig cmds both as regular user & root but they both failed. I'm guessing they may not be in my path...

3) How can I change my hostname from the default localhost.localdomain...Just change it in this file? --> /etc/sysconfig/network

4) I have W2K on same HDD w/ NTFS partition that I'd like to access. How can I mount this to access the data on there?

4a) I read getting some apps to work with wine (like Notes or Visio) is easier if you refer to their installation locations on the Windows partition (I guess for DLL calls, etc). Any good URLs for how-to set these apps up?

4b) Where do I get wine rpm? Setup how-to guide?

5) How can I access other W2K / XP network resources (shares) - Samba? Where can I go to get Samba, install steps, how-to guide, etc. ?

5a) Would I be able to map to a linux drive/share from a Win PC using Samba? Other methods?

Thanks for any help. Although I've just started, I'm eager to change my linux/windows use to 90/10 instead of the other way around.

Old 02-10-2004, 02:45 PM   #2
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Most of your qns can be answered by a bit of googling. See also Some misc ans...

2. Have you tried absolute paths? ie /sbin/ifconfig, /usr/sbin/ifconfig etc. Also, is net-tools package installed?

3. Look for a file called HOSTNAME somewhere in /etc/sysconfig.

4. You need NTFS drivers. RH/FC does not have installed with them. Download from The partition can be mounted by "mount -t ntfs /dev/<partition device number> <mount point>"
Old 02-10-2004, 03:59 PM   #3
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Thanks. Got the following Qs answered with your help:

2. I found them using the 'locate' or 'whereis' command and successfully ran them using absolute paths.

3. I couldn't find any file named HOSTNAME. I only found /etc/sysconfig/network which has the host name info in there so I will change it in there & see how it goes.

4. Worked perfectly! Out of all the Linx distro's, apparently RH is the only one not to include NTFS drivers...

The search for knowledge continues...
Old 02-10-2004, 04:26 PM   #4
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3. FYI, changing the hostname only in the '/etc/sysconfig/network' file resulted in errors after reboot. I had to also rename in the 'hosts' file. After that, it seems to be ok.
Old 02-15-2004, 05:08 PM   #5
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Hey gang...still have some unanswered questions.. can anyone else help out?

(I didn't want to re-post so I'm hoping this update brings this post back to the top)

Old 02-15-2004, 06:30 PM   #6
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1) Download Apt-Get for Red Hat. It'll find the RPMs for you and install them. There's no GUI (runs from the console), but it's fast.

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