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Old 11-03-2004, 03:40 AM   #1
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Exclamation How To Install Rpm's In Suse 9.1?

Well, I have been using SUSE Linux 9.1 Professional for maybe 3 days and I am strictly a Windows User, but SUSE looks promising so far and I am getting the gyst of the whole setup.

But there is ONE THING that is REALLY annoying about Linux in that you cannot make use of compressed files as easily as you can in Windows. I know there is ALOT of information about using the command line instructions to unpack, compile, etc but I really do not find that useful or easy. Is there a GUI BASED utility to un-rpm files, kinda like WinZip?

Remember, I am using SUSE Linux 9.1 Professional and I do not see any info on how to use a GUI with RPM files. Also, when I double click on an RPM file it asks me to associate it with an application but is there one? I am also within GNOME, if that has any bearing and I am installing an application, not an upgrade or anything like that... Let's say overnet or something...

Old 11-03-2004, 04:56 AM   #2
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rpm files are not compressed files but binary files. You install rom using thr suse package manager, i.e just clicking on the rpm or by running the following as root from the folder you downloaded the rpms into

rpm -Uvh package.rpm or
rpm -ivh packagename.rpm

ark and file-roller are equivalent, if not better than winzip. Ark comes with KDE and file-roller with GNOME.
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DonChino, I just recently installed Suse 9.1 Personal to try it out. It seems great, but I am also unable to install RPMs (something I've done with SO many other distros). In KDE, I double click on an RPM and it brings up a little summary of the package under YAST, with a tab at the top that says install with YAST. I click install with YAST, and it brings up the near-fullscreen YAST window like the one during the OS install. But it only has options to add or remove packages on the CD, or to search a server to find a list of more packages (but I can't dial up with my serial v.90 modem, which ticks me off...another story). It doesn't even act like I selected a package to be installed in YAST, which seems odd since RPMs are very specifically associated to run in YAST by default. I didn't try installing from the command line yet, but since I work online the majority of the time, I have to use Windows predominantly, which bites.


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