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Weebl
Okay when I download something I want to install how would I go about doing this? I just started using linux (SimplyMEPIS) and would like to know in the most basic words how to install something. I mean please try to use details when you explain to me how to install. If you could explain what the below means in the simplest terms as well.

"Open a shell and cd (change directory) to the directory where you downloaded the installer. At the prompt type: sh ./LimeWireLinux.bin"
Weebl
Okay another question when i use kpackage to install something it now says something along the lines of:

< export DEBIAN_FRONTEND; apt-get install --yes 'alien' ;echo RESULT=$?
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
RESULT=100

Depending on the file name.
When i go to run what they said as a command it goes through but it still says the SAME EXACT THING next time I go to try again! Heeeeeelp!
mark123
I'm a total newbie so here is my 2 cents

"open a shell" means open a DOS like looking window. It has a black background and (plane text )place to type.This is known as a command line interface I believe.

"cd (change directory) to the directory where you downloaded the installer"
means go to the place where you downloaded the ____(fill in the blank) file.

Going to the place means being in the folder or directory. The flashing command prompt has a few words,forwardslashs/ before it, that tell you where you are.

I think a .bin is a binary file that means bunch of ones and zeros in a long stream

"At the prompt type: sh ./LimeWireLinux.bin"
see the "sh" ?
this does something to the .bin file
Weebl
thanks!... i accedentally found this out on my own right after my posts lol
DS2K3
sh just uses /bin/sh to interpret the binary. There is proably no need to use the "sh" command, provided that the file itself has been set to executable, just typing "./LimeWireLinux.bin" should be enough.

There is no uniform way to install software on Linux, it depends what distribution you use. Mandrake uses a system called RPM (as does Frodra/RedHat) and Gentoo uses something called "Portage".

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The flashing command prompt has a few words,forwardslashs/ before it, that tell you where you are.


Most ditros do provide this - Just dont expect it to be there on every system you use. My Gentoo box for instance only provides the name of the directory you are in, not a full path.

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