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post May 7 2008, 03:25 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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hello everyone. this is my 1st Linux pls dont laugh.
My question is, how do i install the RPM?
i am using Ubuntu 7.10

i typed this in the terminal:-
sudo apt-get install rpm

and this is what i got:-
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

then i type this again:-
sudo apt-get install rpm

and the reply is:-
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package rpm is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source
E: Package rpm has no installation candidate

What should i do?

thank you in advanced
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post May 7 2008, 09:17 PM
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Its GNU/

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First of all RPM is an abbreviation for Redhat Package Manager. files with the rpm extension (i.e. filename.rpm) can be installed by the rpm application. You can read all about it here

apt-get is also a package manager for installing software on debian and debian based linux distribtuions including Ubuntu.

So what are you trying to do? RPMs are not compatable with debian. If you are wanting to install an RPM application then it will have to be converted first.
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