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Old 10-03-2003, 04:05 PM   #1
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apt-get problem

Hey guys,

This is my first time posting on this forum. I am newbie to Linux, but not for long. I have RH9 and have installed several programs already. One of the first ones i installed was apt-get.

I have managed to succesfully install some of those programs using apt-get, but now im trying to install Gaim and i get the following error when i use apt-get:

# apt-get install gaim-0.70-1rh9.i386.rpm
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package gaim-0.70-1rh9.i386.rpm

I am pretty sure its somthing kinda obvious, but i cant figure it out!
I already did a search on this site for similar problems but couldnt really find anything.
I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Old 10-03-2003, 04:28 PM   #2
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I just installed gaim last night, and had a similar issue.

From my Linux notes:
>apt-get install gaim
error: failed to fetch gaim from freshrpms
notice: gonna install gtkspell
>apt-get install gtkspell
go to and download AIM for Linux 1.5.286
>rpm -Uvh aim-1.5*

I guess freshrpms didn't have a version of gaim to install. I just got the rpm from, downloaded it, and installed it with rpm.
Old 10-03-2003, 04:33 PM   #3
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If it can't find the package, it is probably not in your sources. That can be either your sources.list file located in /etc/apt/ doesn't have an ftp server that has that package on it, or you misspelled the package name, or the package has been updated to a newer version. However, you normally don't need to write the entire version name when using apt (at least you don't on Debian). Did you try the command "apt-get install gaim"? It should automatically install whatever version is available.

One easy way to see what is available is to install synaptic. type "apt-get install synaptic" followed by "synaptic". That will open a graphical interface listing packages available. You should also periodically issue the command "apt-get update" to update the list of available software.
Old 10-03-2003, 04:56 PM   #4
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This site rocks!
Thanks alo m_yates and ed-MtnBiker.
I updated apt-get and now it found a source for the package!

Thnaks alot guys,



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