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Old 01-10-2004, 01:40 PM   #1
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Very green question about installing software on Linux

Hello, I running Mandrake 9.2 and I love it to bits, it's really great and a pleasure to use for a newbie like me. I'm wondering, how would I go about installing 3rd party software on it? Do I have to compile stuff? And if so, how do I do it?
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"I'm wondering, how would I go about installing 3rd party software on it? Do I have to compile stuff? And if so, how do I do it?"

There are different ways to install software depending on how the developer packaged it. You can install rpm packages with command line rpm or with kpackage.

You install tarballs by compiling them. You do have gcc installed don't you?
First you unpack the tar ball using the tar command, typically something like:
tar -xzf /pathname/package.tar.gz

Then you cd to the directory created by unpacking the tarball.
Then you usually go through the following command sequence:
make install

If you want to change the tarball into a rpm you use checkinstall:

and then use rpm to install the resulting rpm package.

Here is checkinstall:

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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...althought usually you also can install the so-called "rpm packages", which are precompiled and easy to install. You only need to check that the version of the package is the same as your mandrake. When you get it, click on it, or (in console) use "rpm -i NameOfPackage".
However compiling is the best way, form the performance view-point.


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