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Old 03-08-2005, 03:02 PM   #1
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help with installing software


I have installed Mandrake 10.0 mainly because I need to install and run some software that is specific to Linux.

Coming from a windows background I am finding it all very confusing. The installation instructions for the software are complicated for a newbie and I was wondering if someone could help explain the following terms or instructions or point me in the direction where I could get more help

1. Untar the tar file? What is Gunzip and tar?
2. Setting up env variables?
3. How to configure command line parameters?
4. Makefiles?
5. Adding env variables to file that runs when starting a shell? Shell?
6. Command search path?
7. Manpath variable?
Old 03-08-2005, 03:59 PM   #2
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have you set up urpmi yet? did you read the link in the other forum ( RUTE)? it has pretty much everything you are asking for in it ( just look at the sections you are interested in). If you did a default install of Mandrake, you are going to have more problems ahead. While you can do anything on Mandrake you can do on any other distro, it's not technically a distro designed for compiling applications from scratch. You would be better off trying to find packages for the software you want.


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