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I do like Mandriva, I'd just like to be able to set things up for updates, installations and upgrades. That's why I need to know which version of Mandriva I ...
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    I do like Mandriva, I'd just like to be able to set things up for updates, installations and upgrades. That's why I need to know which version of Mandriva I have.

    daark.child, could you send me the Mandriva link?

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    Hi

    If you've still got any doubt I can tell you, from what you've posted, you defiantly have mandriva 2007 not spring or 8.0 or whatever.

    You have mandriva 2007

    P.S. mandriva spring is also called mandriva 2007.1
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    Thanks!

    I noticed that Mandriva has changed the wording of their "versions" on their easy urpmi site since I posted my first message... Could it be that they are actually reading my messages...?

    Many thanks!

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    The easyurpmi site does not nelong to Mandriva. Its run by a group of volunteers.

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    Ah! then they're the ones that must have read this thread...

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    And if the "easyurpmi" method doesn't work for you, we can probably help you to get urpmi going "the hard way".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seren View Post
    And if the "easyurpmi" method doesn't work for you, we can probably help you to get urpmi going "the hard way".
    The hard way is much easier.
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    And what might that be...?

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    ...via the command line interface:


    First you need to find a source of updates. For that there are lists of mirrors. Then you need to create an update source for urpmi. That you do with the urpmi.update command:

    urpmi.addmedia --update update ftp://anonymous:@ftp.nluug.nl/vol/5/...a/main/updates with media_info/synthesis.hdlist.cz

    You can look at urpmi.addmedia's man page if you want to understand how that works, but it gives you an update site that in my experience is pretty good. That all goes on one line, by the way. And you only need to run that command once.

    When you want to download and install updates, you run these two commands

    urpmi.update -a
    urpmi -v --auto --auto-select --resume

    If there are any upgrades for currently installed Mandriva packages, they will be downloaded and installed. (The only exceptions are kernel packages, which you'll need to download and install separately.)


    ================================================== =
    ************** BEGIN OPTIONAL STUFF ****************************
    You can put the two commands on one line so they'll run one right after the other:

    urpmi.update -a;urpmi -v --auto --auto-select --resume

    Or you can make a shell script out of them so all you have to do is enter one short string to run them. To do this, you open a text file in a directory that's in your PATH variable, giving the file an obvious name, like update-man. Copy the two commands into the file and save it. Enter this command:

    chmod +x update-man

    Now you can enter the script's name at the command line and it will run, taking care of the updating for you.

    And you can set Mandriva up to run your script automatically, either when it's triggered by some routine event (like logging in), or you can have it run at a particular time of day or week, by using cron or some similar utility.
    ************** END OPTIONAL STUFF ****************************
    =================================================


    Keep in mind you have to have supervisor's privileges for any of that to work. If you are logged in as root, that won't be a problem, but if you are logged in as a regular user (which tends to be safer and more secure), you will need to put "sudo " (without quotes) before each and every command that I've written above.

    To make that work, that you'll need to put your regular user into the sudoers file, which can only be accessed by entering "visudo" (no quotes) as root.

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