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    hello im new to mandriva and linux itself, my question is what extension to a file should a file have to be able to install?

    like blablabla.rpm or . tar or .......

    and when i get the right file how do i install?

    and also when its installed does it go into the "start menu" like in windows?

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    Linux doesn't give a sh$t about extensions, it's only for recognize them.

    Look at Google or Google For Linux on how to install rpm packages or how to compile stuff (.tar.bz2 or .tar.gz generally)..
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    Re: installing software

    Quote Originally Posted by garylouden
    hello im new to mandriva and linux itself, my question is what extension to a file should a file have to be able to install?

    like blablabla.rpm or . tar or .......

    and when i get the right file how do i install?

    and also when its installed does it go into the "start menu" like in windows?
    for .rpm's
    Code:
    rpm -ihv [name of RPM file here]
    And for tar.gz
    Code:
    tar -xzv [name or tar.gz or tgz file]
    cd [directory everything just extraced to, usually the name of the tar.gz/tgz file w/o the tar.gz/tgz]
    ./configure [configures the program to compile]
    make [compiles the program, if it has errors post on the board]
    make install [installs the program]
    same thing with tar.bz* files but you use
    Code:
    tar -xjv [name of tar.bz* file]
    instead.

    Edit: On note of the 'start menu', USUALLY when you install a RPM it will install a shortcut in your KMenu(IN KDE) or your Applications menu(in GNOME) but tar.* files are compiled from source and don't usually make shortcuts, you have to manually add them or ask a kind soul to make a compiled package with the shorcuts in it for you.
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    You should look into urpmi. It is a package manager that will handle installing programs for you.

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