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post Dec 11 2005, 06:37 PM
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Hello, I am very new to linux, I checked out some rpm's downloaded them (mostly games) installed them with the package manger, I am using mandriva 2006 free edition that came out of linux user pro, well any how, where did they go? I did a command line "rpm -qa" and sure enough it is there, and if I try and reinstall it I am told by a little pop up window that it has already been installed, how do i fire it up? and I was not given a choice of where to put it, but it is not in my menu, I am using kde, thank you, and any advice on how to use tar balls, .gz or .bz2 would also be greatly apreciated (kinderarten level would be most apreciated) i have about 300 bucks worth of books and not one of them gives it to me in a format i can realy understand, from making a new directory to finding what directory the tar is in to extracting to compiling, if any gurus live in sioux falls, sd or within 100 or so miles i would be willing to travel a bit, i am very fascinted with linux and i hear all the great and free things, i am just getting plumb flustered, i even checked out the newbie guide from here and had the shell open while i read it, still nothing, i see there, when i run that rm command, i am jst not sure what to do next except maybe give up, i really dont think i am realy that stupid, i must be, sorry for waisting your peoples time

thank you in advance

I am not unwilling to help myself, if someone could give a url or something, I have yet to contact the local colleges to see if they offer a linux tutorial course but i figured id try here, i am running it on a laptop, very well so far

sorry if i get wordy, but, if this is inapropriate or not the place for this, my apologies, i have tried the chat rooms in yahoo but it didnt go well
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post Dec 12 2005, 04:51 AM
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RPMs dont ask you where to install - Unlike Windows, programs get split up and different bits go in different parts of your filesystem.

Normally, the RPMs will add new commands which you can run from the command-line (eg using the "konsole" program in KDE). Not all RPMs include the menu items - But you can add shortcuts to your desktop pretty easily once you know the command. There is also a program in the control centre that will allow you to edit your menus.

tarballs are a biut more complicated, and tbh you are porbably best giving them a miss until you get to grpis with the other bits. If you add the extra mandriva repositories to your RPM databse, then most (if not all) the packages you could ever hope for will be available via the Mandriva control centre "add software" tool. You can use "easyurpmi" to generate the commands for you, then just copy and paste them into a command-line (make sure it's a root command-line, either using the appropriate option in KDE, or by getting a "normal" command line, and typing "su" followed by your root password). Easyurpmi can be found at:


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