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Old 02-09-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
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How to install

Hi All I am new to linux, First off I want to know how do you install files? like rpm, and after you install them where do they go because they don't show up in the menu?... also how do you install tar.gz files and get them to run?


Old 02-09-2004, 08:51 AM   #2
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well the thing is, is that it is dependant on how the package was built regarding where it goes ... so i can't really answer that question, but a thing i will tell you is that typically whatever the name of the file is, is more so what you will type .. for example we'll pretend the file you download is -> mplayer-.84.28.x.s85.rpm ... when you install it, you more than likely will only have to type 'mplayer' to get it running .....

as of how to install them well the following i will show you, first for an rpm:
rpm -ivh filename.rpm
as of the tar.gz :
you first uncompress the file by typing :
tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
then you will change dirtecory into the uncompresed folder ... so we'll pretend again you have the file --> mplayer.tar.gz .. and usually when it uncompresses it keeps the name of the package to name the folder so with that said you will type :
cd mplayer
now when you get into the folder the first thing i will tell you is to read the INSTALL file and / or the README file to get instructions on how to install it, but the steps are typically :


su -c "make install"
but again its all dependant on what you are trying to install, so you'll have to read the instructions, but it is usually done like this ...
Old 02-09-2004, 09:53 AM   #3
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Thanks... ok but how do you get it to show up in the menu

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Old 02-09-2004, 10:52 AM   #4
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What distro are you running?
Old 02-09-2004, 12:00 PM   #5
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suse 9 pro


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