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#1 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 09:32 AM

Hello all,

I have been testing linux unbuntu over the last week and have been having problems setting stuff up..I have looked online through unbuntu forums but find that the conversations are a little over my head at present.

I recently downloaded an avi decoder for xmms but haven't a clue how to install or run it or for that matter, make it do anything. I am aware that a configure command must be run from the terminal but I get an error that suggests I have applied incorrect syntax or my command is wrong...

could anyone guide me in plain english...I'd like to learn how to extract and install packages and so far have got as far as assuming "untaring" is the same as unzipping????

please help me learn the /configure command and how to use the /makefile or /make commands as I'm really stuck and frustrated,,,thanks for all your help and understanding

Darren :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 02:55 PM

check this out http://www.xmms.org/support.php and a really easy way to install packages is the package manager,synaptic or kpackage.i dont remember which ubuntu uses.youll also need to open the tools of the package manager and look for repositorys and enable them all.

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Posted 04 October 2006 - 06:30 PM

Ubuntu uses synaptic, or you can apt-get from a terminal. Apt-get works pretty well for me, as long as you know what package you are looking for.. Why don't you just download Kaffeine player and use that for avi?
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#4 Darren De Wilde

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Posted 05 October 2006 - 12:17 PM

Thanks so much for your replies...I wanted to get used to the terminal and commands for the challenge..I have worked through a few probs with success since my post...I figured out how to cd to the directory and use the ./configure command but then had a headache with finding and loading the required C compiler. On doing that I then had a prob with XMMS SDL 1.1.6 missing and had to find and load that..(which I did using synaptic package manager.)
Despite successfully loading the plugin for XMMS I still get an error that I need a plugin when opening an avi with XMMS..forget about Totem...can you tell I'm just a begginner?>...:-)

Two Quick Questions:

1. When using the apt-get command, is there a generic syntax to use (ie: apt-get followed by the package required? or do you need to know the location of the required package as well????) Also, how does one know what the package name actually is before using apt-get?....sorry if the question is confusing or ambiguous

2. Is the password for SU the same as the login password?...I'm the only user and it is the account that was created on installation..does that make me a super-user automatically or is there another password I need?..the reason I ask is that when typing SU then the pwd on request i get an authentication error..

My next mission is to get my lexmark printer to work....thanks again for your input and help...I didn't know about "Kaffeine"...and will be trying it sharpish.

Thanks again,

Darren

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 10:12 AM

Try this from the user console:

sudo su -

Or, there should be a 'Root Terminal' in the menu somewhere that will open up a root console indicated by the # symbol instead of the $ symbol.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 03:23 PM

It is just
apt-get install package_name
so for firefox it is
apt-get install firefox
to remove a package

apt-get remove package_name

Here is a good tutorial http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2005/12/conc...er-for-new.html

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:55 PM

Hay there ColdinCbus
Nice link, thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 02:04 PM

you might also have to open xmms under tools -plugins and enable it.




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