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silentnights 09-21-2003 02:37 PM

Apt-get error message
I'm pure newbie here, but I know my way around a computer. Yesterday I had Mandrake 9.1 loaded onto my computer by one of my local LUG guys. For some reason Mandrake 9.1 doesn't automatically come with apt-get. So I went out, found it, and installed it after quite a bit of wrestling with the new os. They lug guys were a big help, until my first real error message poped up. So after getting apt-get all installed, I go to update it so I can get synaptic, and this is the error I received: E: Syntax error /etc/apt/vendors.list:11: Extra junk at end of file

Now I know it goes through source.list as well, but...I'm lost and my LUG doesn't know whats happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

LooseCanon 09-21-2003 04:02 PM

Well there are two things (from my limited knowledge of Mandrake)

1 - "Apt-get" is originally a Debian rpm finder and installer. Since a little while ago it's gained in popularity with Red Hat users and SuSE users as well.

2 - If you compiled your own "apt-get" from a tarball (tar.gz), you must find Mandrake rpm repositories and then edit the sources.list file. I'm not sure on this one, but I believe it may come with a pre-determined Red Hat repository list - this may be giving you some trouble.

3 - Mandrake doesn't seem to like "apt-get" very well. Instead there is something called urpmi - specifically made for Mandrake. URPMI is the same as apt-get (well very similar) in what it does.

Here's a complete explanation of URPMI (short page):

Here's a site that will "pre-configure" your URPMI depending on your Mandrake version:

Hope this helps


silentnights 09-21-2003 06:22 PM

Well, first off, I haven't gotten past the learning curve to unpack tarballs yet. I've got a tarball for synaptic, but haven't quite figured out how to unpack it and install it with mandrake yet. The apt-get that I have is specifically for Mandrake 9.1. I was able to install it, it was in rpm format which I quickly learned how to use. But like I said, when I went to update it, I received that error. I will probably download and install urpmi tonight. Does urpmi work with synaptic? If not, then does it have its own gui interface that can be used?

silentnights 09-21-2003 06:23 PM

And my repository list is mandrake specific, both the source.list and vendors.list

LooseCanon 09-21-2003 07:02 PM

oops.. sry - just making some general assumptions... I didn't mean to be rude :cry:

uhhh, the gui front-end for urpmi is called "rpmdrake" - you should be able to use it from the konsole in KDE (or, if in KDE, press ALT-F2 and type "rpmdrake" - without the quotes).

A tip: you can open any program by using the ALT-F2 combo - easier than starting a terminal/console window and typing some program name in and having the terminal/console open the whole time a program is running ;)

silentnights 09-22-2003 12:00 AM

Ok, I'm trying Urpmi and rpmdrake. Currently installing Urpmi *fingers crossed* and I was told how to deal with tarballs earlier today, so thats another item crossed off the list to learn.

silentnights 09-22-2003 12:10 AM

Well, I think I already had urpmi on my system, which is probably what confused so many people. Anyways, I have rpmdrake, I have urpmi, and everything else. do I make a quick link to rpmdrake in gnome? I'll probably figure it out by the time I get a response, but...... :)

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