Can I install linux programs on Redhat ?
Posted 21 January 2005 - 11:37 PM
Can anyone advise on the above points...even the one in brackets...please
Posted 22 January 2005 - 02:21 AM
So I would say that most of the time if a program is tared or zipped, then you can probably install it on any linux distro...judging from my experience, but remember that you have to keep in mind that some programs might be for a expecific kernels or desktop managers with the right depencies also.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 01:59 PM
Are you saying that linux software which is downloaded is usually source files and needs to be compiled on my Redhat machine ? If so can you point me in the right direction to find out where I can learn to do this please.
Posted 23 January 2005 - 04:28 PM
So, if you were looking for a certain app or program, you'd want to Google for it or go somehwere like rpmfind.net to look for it, if it isn't already in your RedHat 9 package tree. Package management will be in your menu.
Sometimes you'll wan to run an app that you simply can't find as an .rpm. In such cases, the package may end in .tgz, .gz, .bz etc. these packages must be compiled.
Think of RPM's as a cake you buy at the store, and source packages as the ingredients or directions for a cake you make or compile yourself.
To install an .rpm, open a terminal and become root. If the package you want to install is in your home directory, you'd go...
rpm -ivh nameofpackage-i386.rpm
And press enter.
Source packages are a little more difficult. You first must "unzip" them before compiling them.
Since you have Redhat 9, I highly recommend that you use apt-get RPM. Based on the Debian model of package management, apt-get RPM fetches the correct .rpm for you, figures out and solves the dependencies,(in most cases), and installs them all in just a few short and automatic steps.
Is any of this helping or did you need to know something else entirely different than what I'm assuming you are wanting to know?