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Old 07-30-2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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Having problems installing apps in Linux and finding where they are...

I downloaded some apps, WineX for instance, and I don't know how to install it I extracted everything and all, tried installing, but I guess I am not doing it right. Also, do the programs instal into the "start menu" or what? Anyway, thanx for the help.

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Old 07-30-2003, 09:03 PM   #2
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To get 'real' help you'll have to pose a more specific
question, but in general:

If you downloaded a file that ends in .rpm
you can install it by entering this command
in a shell as root

rpm -Uvh package.rpm

you can see where it installed the
files it created with rpm -q package
for details

man rpm

if you download a file that ends in .tar.gz
it is most likely the source code for the
program you wish to run. You can
extract it with the command:

tar xzf package.tar.gz

It will create a new directory
you should go into that directory
and read the documentation there
on building the program.

There are two files that are normally
present called INSTALL and README

you should read them and do what
they say.

if you downloaded a file that ends in .tar.bz2
it is the same as a .tar.gz except you extract
it with

tar xjf package.tar.bz2

There are other ways to install software
(self extracting binaries .deb, etc) but
without a specific question I can't really help
Old 08-04-2003, 03:42 PM   #3
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see README and INSTALL (here are the commands) if you compile from source..

anyway, after all that a good advice is to run 'updatedb'

and after that you have a database (that should be updated often) and you can search in it for you files via the command 'locate xxx' where xxx stands for what you're looking for

Not start menu here (some programs do it though) [eg. opera]


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