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Old 04-19-2004, 11:49 PM   #1
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Installing softwares : a question, and important lesson

hi everyone I'm a at mandrake, and right now i want to know how best to install and upgrade my programs/applications/modules
What i'm curious of is what all of you veteran mandrake users would do, which resources would you access, etc, if you were in my place, what website would you use, what would you do with files, etc. so would you tell me? other newbies hopefully can learn how veterans do things as well

I use mandrake 9.2, and i have K3b version 0.9 which came with the installation CDs. upon searching (painstaking search....i must be going about it the wrong way) i used "Remove Packages" to remove the older version of K3b and libk3b, because they conflicted with the new version. then i just clicked on the 0.11 version rpm, and it installed by itself. Then it told me it needed dvd+rw-tools, so i did
# urpmi dvd+rw-tools
and mandrake installed it from the 3rd installation CD. Next K3b told me it needed growisofs

That's where it stops for me i tried to find a newer dvd+rw-tools, or growisofs, but i still seem to be such a n00b that i can't find any RPM. What would all of you do in this situation?
Old 04-20-2004, 02:40 AM   #2
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The fastest, easiest way to deal with this is to add repositories to your Software Media Manager. Go to Kicker/Foot=>Configuration=>Configure your computer; or just click the Mandrake Control Center icon on your panel, then go to Software Management and you will see the Software Media Manager. Unfortunately, it only contains the CDs you installed from as sources for additional software. That is still necessary, and can be useful, but you want to add external sources from the Internet.

You can find those sources and add them to the SMM by opening your web browser, and going to Easy URPMI at Follow the instructions there to add as many sources as you want to your SMM. When you get to the part where it gives you the lines to "type in the console as root", that means: open a terminal, type 'su' (without the quotes), then type the root password, and hit Enter. Your prompt should change from a "$" sign, which indicates a user, to a "#" sign, which indicates root access. Copy each individual line from the result on the webpage (from 'urpmi.addmedia" to "", then paste that line after the prompt in the terminal with CTRL-Shift-V, then hit Enter. You will see the repository being added, then will be returned to the prompt. Repeat for each repository you have listed in Easy URPMI (or of course, you could type every line by hand, if you want).

When you have added all the repositories you want, close the terminal, and go back to the Mandrake Control Center=>Software Management=>RPMDrake (Install Software). Change the filter from the default of "Mandrake choices" to either "All choices, alphabetical" or (what I prefer) use the dropdown menu to choose "All packages by group" (though you can of course choose "by repository" or any other of the dropdown choices as you prefer). This will show you all the packages available on all the repositories that you have added to the SMM. From this point, all you need do is check the checkbox next to any package or packages that you want to install, and click the "Install" button. Mandrake will fetch the package and any dependent packages (some of these may be on one or more of the CDs; if so, Mandrake will eject your CD tray and ask you for the CD(s) in question) and install them.

If you have a "loose" Mandrake RPM for some reason, you can install it by double-clicking in your file manager (a box will pop up asking for your root password, as only root may install software), or conversely, you can 'su' to root and use either the 'rpm' command to install (but rpm does not resolve dependencies, so if any packages need to be installed to support your loose rpm, they will not be downloaded, and the install will fail), or the 'urpmi' command (which does resolve dependencies, so any dependant packages will be downloaded and installed as well, if available). RPMDrake is just a GUI front end to urpmi anyway. For more information on these commands, type 'man rpm" or "man urpmi" into a terminal window.

Hope this helps.
Old 04-20-2004, 10:15 PM   #3
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that helped a lot thanks bunches!


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