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    How to open .deb files ?


    Hi members,

    I am a newbie to the world of linux and today i have started my internet on linux after a long session of hardwork. For some fun i have downloaded yahoo messenger for Red hat linux and saved it on my desktop. I have logged in as root. Now i wanna know how can i use that "ymsger......386.deb " file .

    I know that some of you might be laughing at my question but i am still asking it because i commit that i am a newbie and i wanna be a master.

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    Terminal example:
    Code:
    rpm -i rh9.ymessenger-1.0.4-1.i386.rpm
    Sources: http://messenger.yahoo.com/messenger...ix.html#redhat

    Might also want to try GAIM

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    .DEB files are used to install software on versions of Linux that use the Debian package management system. Redhat uses the Redhat Package Manager (RPM), so you won't be able to directly install the DEB file. Instead you'll want to go back to the Yahoo website and download the RPM version of their installer.

    I would caution you however, you're probably not going to like it. The Linux versions of Yahoo and AOL Instant Messengers are very out of date and quite ugly, not to mention missing a great many newer features that you see in the MS Windows versions.

    If you want to communicate with people in Linux using the Yahoo protocol, I recommend you use an all-in-one messenger for Linux such as GAIM or Kopete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serum
    Terminal example:
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    rpm -i rh9.ymessenger-1.0.4-1.i386.rpm
    You'll probably never want to do that on a Debian system. The RPM might install, but it is certainly not the recommanded way to do it.

    If you have a rpm file, you'll first want to convert it with "alien".

    First, install "alien" and "fakeroot":
    Code:
    apt-get install fakeroot alien
    Then convert the RPM to a DEB:
    Code:
    fakeroot alien -d yourpackage.rpm
    Then if everything went well you can install the resulting package
    Code:
    dpkg -i resultingpackage.deb
    But I would first listen to TechieMoe and try something else than Yahoo Messenger.
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    what's the problem with:
    Code:
    dpkg -i ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by serum
    what's the problem with:
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    dpkg -i ymessenger_1.0.4_1_i386.deb
    If you'll reread the original post, the user is running Redhat Linux, not Debian. The dpkg tool does not exist on Redhat-based systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    If you'll reread the original post, the user is running Redhat Linux, not Debian. The dpkg tool does not exist on Redhat-based systems.
    I read the post. Why is antidruge instructing him to convert the file into .deb

    Quote Originally Posted by antidrugue
    Code:
    dpkg -i resultingpackage.deb

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    Quote Originally Posted by serum
    I read the post. Why is antidruge instructing him to convert the file into .deb
    Hmm. That's a good question. realnapster- You said originally that you are running Redhat Linux, correct? The directions given previously by antidrugue would work if you were running Debian, but not if you are running Redhat. I think we're all a little confused here. Can you confirm what distribution you're using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techieMoe
    Hmm. That's a good question. realnapster- You said originally that you are running Redhat Linux, correct? The directions given previously by antidrugue would work if you were running Debian, but not if you are running Redhat. I think we're all a little confused here. Can you confirm what distribution you're using?
    Yes, sorry.

    For some reason I though he was using Debian.

    Didn't know what to trust between this:
    Quote Originally Posted by realnapster
    downloaded yahoo messenger for Red hat linux
    and that:
    Quote Originally Posted by realnapster
    Now i wanna know how can i use that "ymsger......386.deb " file
    "To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the 'old', you derive security; from the 'new', you gain the flow."

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    I agree, the original post is confusing. I await further clarification.
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