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PCLinuxOS 2007 RPM/tar.gz installation


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Ok, I'm trying to figure out how to install programs in PCLinuxOS that aren't available in the Synaptic package manager. Someone, please help me, because I'm about to kill this computer. I like Linux, but I am very new to it, and, despite trying to follow loads of online instructions for installation, I cannot successfully install ANY package I download.

1.) I downloaded the WINE RPM. I dragged it into my home folder and put it in a folder named wine. I navigated to it using the Super User Terminal and:

# cd /home/eric/wine

Fine; it worked. So I'm in the directory. Then I type:

# rpm -i wine-0.9.38-mdv.i586.rpm

It sits there with the cursor just blinking. After a few seconds, it sends me back to the directory I was just in. To make sure, I try installing it again with rpm -i wine-0.9.38-mdv.i586.rpm and it says it's already been installed. I restart the computer and do it again, and it still claims it's installed. My question: Where did the program go? I can't access it, find an icon, or even find it with the search tool!



Another problem, installing Avast! Antivirus for Linux:

I get the tar.gz package. I use ARK to unzip it to /home/eric/avast4workstation-1.0.8. I use the super user terminal to navigate to it and type:

# ./configure

It says "No such file or directory."

I try doing the same after navigating to the program's bin folder. Same [bleep] thing.

When I try:

# make

It says "No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop."

Even wierder is, I go into the bin folder using the GUI and I right click on each and say run as root. I can actually USE the program, but once again, if it's even installed, I can't freaking find it!

PLEASE, can someone help me with this!?
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Hey there,
Working with linux can be pretty rough at first but once you get used to it and know the commands it will be easier.

With regards to your WINE installation. If you are in the terminal type:
#: whereis wine
.
This will give you the locations of the wine binaries (execute) files. Then you can use wine by typing wine and the program you want to use.
#:wine winprogram.exe

The tarball file for avast does not require installation. Here is an excerpt from the avast installation.

Installing from tarball
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No installation is required, files in the bin/ can be run directly after
unpacking the .tar.gz archive. If you would like to integrate avast! into
your KDE or GNOME desktop, run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh install

from the place where you unpacked the archive. Run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh uninstall

to uninstall previously installed menu entries.

Please see the README file and man pages for more information how to use
the program.



good luck
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Hey there,
Working with linux can be pretty rough at first but once you get used to it and know the commands it will be easier.

With regards to your WINE installation. If you are in the terminal type:

#: whereis wine
.
This will give you the locations of the wine binaries (execute) files. Then you can use wine by typing wine and the program you want to use.
#:wine winprogram.exe

The tarball file for avast does not require installation. Here is an excerpt from the avast installation.

Installing from tarball
=======================

No installation is required, files in the bin/ can be run directly after
unpacking the .tar.gz archive. If you would like to integrate avast! into
your KDE or GNOME desktop, run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh install

from the place where you unpacked the archive. Run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh uninstall

to uninstall previously installed menu entries.

Please see the README file and man pages for more information how to use
the program.



good luck


Alright, man. Very cool. Thanks! :whistling:

WINE has a GUI, though, right? Where would I go to get that?

And also, say, if I have a program that comes just in a tar.gz or another kind of archive, but it's not like avast! and must be installed, what do I do? (For example, I want to try out PearPC, but I can't find any bin files to click on.)
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I am not sure if WINE has a gui or not. However, you really dont need it. Try to familiarize yourself with the terminal and using shell commands. I'm assuming that you are using the bash shell so check out the following site for bash commands.
http://www.ss64.com/bash/

Usually when you install a program, a variable path will be set automatically so if you typed the program name in the terminal it will open up. For example, when i type 'firefox' into the terminal, firefox will open.

When installing programs, here's what happens.
./configure - will take a look at your system and make adjustments to any configuration a program needs.
make - its a fancy compiler. Translates the program into machine language.
make install - installs the program. usually run as root.
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Hey there,
Working with linux can be pretty rough at first but once you get used to it and know the commands it will be easier.

With regards to your WINE installation. If you are in the terminal type:

#: whereis wine
.
This will give you the locations of the wine binaries (execute) files. Then you can use wine by typing wine and the program you want to use.
#:wine winprogram.exe

The tarball file for avast does not require installation. Here is an excerpt from the avast installation.

Installing from tarball
=======================

No installation is required, files in the bin/ can be run directly after
unpacking the .tar.gz archive. If you would like to integrate avast! into
your KDE or GNOME desktop, run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh install

from the place where you unpacked the archive. Run

./lib/avast4workstation/share/avast/desktop/install-desktop-entries.sh uninstall

to uninstall previously installed menu entries.

Please see the README file and man pages for more information how to use
the program.



good luck


Alright, man. Very cool. Thanks! :whistling:

WINE has a GUI, though, right? Where would I go to get that?

And also, say, if I have a program that comes just in a tar.gz or another kind of archive, but it's not like avast! and must be installed, what do I do? (For example, I want to try out PearPC, but I can't find any bin files to click on.)


Well, you see, I tried that, and ./configure works with PearPC, but when I enter the make command, it tells me this:

--- make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. ---

But I KNOW there's a makefile because there are file in that directory that are called Makefile.am and Makefile.in. All I have to type in the terminal is "make" though, right?
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I don't know if you got anywhere with your installation but I believe I saw wine in the repositories, it may not be in all of them, the best ones seem to be freebsd and ibiblio.
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Well, you see, I tried that, and ./configure works with PearPC, but when I enter the make command, it tells me this:

--- make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. ---

But I KNOW there's a makefile because there are file in that directory that are called Makefile.am and Makefile.in. All I have to type in the terminal is "make" though, right?


Well check out the documentation for PearPC. Are you sure it can run on your linux version.
http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/doc.html
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Well, you see, I tried that, and ./configure works with PearPC, but when I enter the make command, it tells me this:

--- make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop. ---

But I KNOW there's a makefile because there are file in that directory that are called Makefile.am and Makefile.in. All I have to type in the terminal is "make" though, right?


Well check out the documentation for PearPC. Are you sure it can run on your linux version.
http://pearpc.sourceforge.net/doc.html


Ah, maybe not. I didn't think it mattered that much, but I just noticed that the download is for Mandrake Linux, and PCLOS is a Mandriva distro. ^^;
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Yes WINE is in the repositories as is Cedega(non commercial and a bit limited). I've got Wine installed and it seems fine. I haven't had time to test My PCLinuxOS 2007 fully yet but that is on the menu this week. I've already found a bug in xmms (locked up when reading from an external drive). But for the most part I'm pleased with the over all OS.
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Yes WINE is in the repositories as is Cedega(non commercial and a bit limited). I've got Wine installed and it seems fine. I haven't had time to test My PCLinuxOS 2007 fully yet but that is on the menu this week. I've already found a bug in xmms (locked up when reading from an external drive). But for the most part I'm pleased with the over all OS.


Yeah, I like it too. It's a very well-designed distro, and it is, on the most part, very easy to use. (Plus, it has a name that people can actually pronounce! :whistling: ) It's not as feature loaded as something like SUSE or Red Hat, but it's awesome for home or mobile use. It's the perfect distro for the laptop I'm running it on, and it's quickly becoming my favorite distro, period. ^_^
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