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Old 10-06-2003, 09:09 AM   #1
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installing, sorry!

Hi, i decided to learn linux, and put redhat9 with KDE on my new computer.. Only when i try to install a program, like xine, it doesnt seem to do anything at all when i click on the downloaded file..

i know that it must be a script based installation, but i dont know how.. can i get some help?
I just need to know how to install programs...


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Old 10-06-2003, 09:11 AM   #2
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:17 AM   #3
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Clicking on the downloaded package does not normally install it. What is the name of the package you are trying to install. If installing a standard compiled application with a .rpm extension, you use the rpm command:

rpm -ivh <name of the package>

At least if it does not install (i.e. dependency problem), you will see the error message.

You should also be able to install from KDE.
Old 10-06-2003, 11:48 PM   #4
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cool i really appreciate this guys..
also, i know... im a stupid chick that should probably be using windows - but where do i type that lol?
I mean, where do i find the prompt to actually type that code? cause all i c is the KDE gui..

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Old 10-07-2003, 01:13 AM   #5
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open terminal, found under the system tools it is much like the command prompt in windows.
Old 10-07-2003, 01:51 AM   #6
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#IF it is an *.rpm file. right click the file and open it with Kpackage.
#if there is no 'kpackage' on right-click, open Kpackage first and from its menu choose Open and open the *.rpm file

IF it is a source like *
#unzip the file. (say xine.tar.gz is unzipped in XINE directory)
#run terminal (konsole, or xterm)
#enter the directory (ie, enter XINE)
#type "./configure": this will print some messages, check out the last lines for any error message. if everything went fine with configure then
# type "make": this may take some time. after successful make (without any final error)
# type "su" , this will make you the super user, it will ask for root password, type it, then
# type "make install", this will install the software. look for the messages displayed in the prompt, they will give you a clue where the software just installed


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