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Old 12-01-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu - Installing extra software


Hey everyone,

I have finally taken the step from Windows to Linux, after getting tired of the poor security, stability and functionality of Windows. Though now I have to learn a new Operating System all over.

The installation went well, most of my hardware was detected and drivers installed. It seems that the screen drivers still needs to be installed.

Now I have downloaded something from the internet, and tried to install it. But when logging into a terminal, and type rpm -i <filename>, I get an error saying command not found.

When I type rp and press tab, all I get is rpcclient, rpcinfo and rpl8, but no rpm.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Kind regards,
Anton Botha
 
Old 12-01-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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RPMs are for Redhat based distros (Redhat, Fedora, Mandriva, Suse...).

For ubuntu, you need to use apt-get. This program will download the requested package, and any dependencies and install it for you.

Try "apt-cache search <package name>" to find the name of the package, and to see if apt-get knows about it.

Then use "sudo apt-get install <package name>" to install the package. You need to use sudo, because you need root privlledges to install software. You will need to enter your users password.

I hope this helps
--Ian
 
Old 12-02-2005, 06:24 AM   #3
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Hi!

If you want to install the downloaded .deb file without using apt-get, the command is

dpkg -i <filename>
 
Old 12-02-2005, 09:01 AM   #4
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Hey everyone,

Thank you for your replies, I got it sorted out though.

The file I downloaded was .rpm and Ubuntu uses .deb installation files. I got hold of alien and converted the .rpm to a .deb and got it installed.

Thank you so much for your replies.

Kind regards,
Criminal

 
Old 12-02-2005, 10:51 AM   #5
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you may want to check this out


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