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Old 06-29-2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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rpm management

I have RH 9 and can't seem to find a good gui package manager. Kpackage refuses to install because of libs , same with gnorpm . Red carpet also would not install . Command line has the versatility but it is difficult to remember options . OH yes , the integrated software installer wont install non RH packages . It sometimes wont install RH packages . Many times it fails with no explaination AT ALL . Is there some other software I am not aware of or some way to configure the integrated installer to give more info?
Old 06-29-2003, 01:14 AM   #2
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Wow, first off, welcome to LQ

It sounds like you are having a great time already

I suggest looking over at for an application called Synaptic. It takes care of dependency issues for you. There will be a program called apt that it will require, but that should all be discussed on Synaptics homepage.

If you are getting error messages about libs, you should consider getting them installed, especially if it's going to help you get an RPM installer working in Redhat. Since you are aware of the command line, I suggest using it until you can get up a gui to install your RPM's with. At least until you get the libs installed to use something like kpackage.


Old 06-29-2003, 09:42 AM   #3
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when i was using redhat 8 apt-get worked pretty cool and satisfies dependencies nicely. give that a shot as well.


aftier you install apt, just run "apt-get update" to get a new list of packages before you try to install anything. HTH

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There is a bug (or something) in apt-get. When I run it, whether through the terminal or Synaptic, I have to run 'apt-get update' twice.

Otherwise they are excellent programs.
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Yes, apt-get and synaptic work really well for working with rpm packages helps solve dependency issues, I use synaptic for all my RPM management, download apt and synaptic from freshrpms look to the left and they are in the list of packages there.

Then to install these packages as root you will type rpm -ihv (filename.rpm) this will install the packages, go to your gui and you should see synaptic in System Settings, then before you do anything else click on update

PS. install apt first then synaptic.

Also you might want to install checkinstall from Checkinstall
Just download the rpm, which works with RH9, you will find this invaluable when the time comes and you have to compile your first program. Instead of typing make install you type checkinstall and this will create and install an RPM then if you need to uninstall the program for some reason you start up synaptic and you run a search on the program and you can uninstall through synaptic.

Good Luck & Enjoy

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Old 06-29-2003, 02:38 PM   #6
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Just installed Synaptic but haven't actually tried it yet . Looks like a good program though . Thanks.


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