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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Installing from RPMs



RPM is the official installer package for RedHat based distributions.

If you are using Redhat Linux Enterprise, Fedora Core or an earlier version of RedHat Linux, this post will be useful to you.


1. Go to yahoo.messenger.com and download YM for Redhat 9

2. Launch the Linux Terminal (Refer to my October 6, 2005 post).

3. Type:

$ rpm -i rh9.ymessenger-1.0.4-1.i386.rpm

4. To run the program, type:

$ /usr/bin/ymessenger

Remember that I am just using this file as an example.

You should download the file that is appropriate for your Linux version.

If you get an error during installation like lack of access rights or privilege, try to login as root.

In Fedora and Redhat you can do this by typing:
$ su

Then enter the password for the root user.

7 comments:

Richard Relos said...

A very practical example Y!M's RPM. But isn't your blog about Ubuntu?

Anyways, I'd like to promote GAIM which is free IM client. It can communicate with different IM protocols like Y!, ICQ, MSN and Jabber.

Anthony T. Villanueva said...

Hi Richard. Yes this is about kubuntu. But I am trying to familiarize my readers about the different install packages available in Linux at the moment.

And thanks for your comment on an earlier post. Keep them coming.

Just try to make your comments simple so that the others can catch up.

Most of the users coming here would be people migrating from Windows and they may have absolutely no knowledge on Linux.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Can i use rpm packages in Ubuntu?

Anthony T. Villanueva said...

Yes ubuntu and kubuntu can handle RPM packages but i would recommend using them only as a last resort.

Use RPM packages only when there is no Ubuntu/Kubuntu or debian package available.

Kubuntu said...

Kubuntu and Ubuntu are not two separate distributions. They are just slightly packaged. Kubuntu is Unbuntu with KDE preinstalled. Ubuntu is just a slight deviation from Debian, hence it uses deb format. Anyway, to use rpm packages, follow these steps;

1. First install alien
# apt-get install alien

2. Use alien to convert rpm into deb format
# alien -k some_file.i386.rpm
You will get some_file*.deb as output

3. Install the .deb file with dpkg
# dpkg -i some_file*.deb

Kubuntu said...

Kubuntu and Ubuntu are not two separate distributions. They are just slightly packaged. Kubuntu is Unbuntu with KDE preinstalled. Ubuntu is just a slight deviation from Debian, hence it uses deb format. Anyway, to use rpm packages, follow these steps;

1. First install alien
# apt-get install alien

2. Use alien to convert rpm into deb format
# alien -k some_file.i386.rpm
You will get some_file*.deb as output

3. Install the .deb file with dpkg
# dpkg -i some_file*.deb

Farish said...

Thanks!

I had an rpm which i had to install on Kubuntu and found the instructions here :)