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    Default How to install downloaded file?

    Hey.

    Im still very new in OpenSuse.

    I want to install this program: http://skylendar.kde.org/frame.html

    I tried to download and unpack, but that dosnt seem to get me anywhere.

    Until now i have only tried installing through YaST.

    I dont understand the manual on the website.

    Can anybody help me?

    Kind Regards.
    Rune

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    Have you tried?

    You will need as well as the listed programs packages installed (see end of instructions), the gcc complier.

    The instructions are written odd but seem to be reasonable. You type what is between << and >>

    This program looks a little old and it is not certain it will run with the newer QT libraries

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes, i have tried.

    This is the answer i i get:
    Code:
    linux-1cen:~ # /usr/local/src.
    -bash: /usr/local/src.: No such file or directory
    linux-1cen:~ # tar xjf skylendar-1.7.1.tar.bz2
    tar: skylendar-1.7.1.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
    Should i download the file to a specific location?

    What is gcc, and how do i get it? or know if i have it?
    The same question with the rest of the stuff it needs? How do i know i have that? Or install it?

    Kind Regards.
    Rune

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    gcc is the standard Linux C compiler available as part of the development packages. Open YaST and search for gcc.

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    I am afraid that the description on the web site is not very usefull for someone who never studied using the command line and thus knows next to nothing about directories, pathes, working directory, etc.

    E.g. when it says:
    Go to your favorite src directory, e.g. /usr/local/src.
    It first and for all means that the . (dot) at the end is part of the sentence and not of the file name!
    Secondly it means that /usr/local/src is only a placeholder for what you use as the direcory where you normaly put source files of products.
    Thirly is supposes that, as this is a directory you use normaly, it exists and that when this is the first time you want to use it, you create it.
    As fourth it supposes that when saying "Go to", you understand that you use the cd command for that like:
    Code:
    cd /usr/local/src
    When this is all black magic to you there is a problem. BTW many other installation documents do expect less knowledge, but a basic knowledge on command line, the shell, and the environment you work in (directory structure, absolute and relative pathhes in file names) would be very helpfull understanding any of them.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    Is there any Opensuse for dummies manual somewhere on the net?

    So... now i came this far:

    Code:
    linux-1cen:~ # cd /home/rune
    linux-1cen:/home/rune # tar xjf skylendar-1.7.1.tar.bz2
    linux-1cen:/home/rune # cd skylendar-1.7.1
    linux-1cen:/home/rune/skylendar-1.7.1 # /configure --prefix=/usr
    The last command didnt seem to work? Im really trying my best to make sense of the instruction...?

    Code:
    #
    
    4 Execute  ./configure --prefix=<kpath>  .
    where <kpath> is your kde stuff path (typically /usr or /opt/kde)
    #
    
    5 Check if your postgreSQL server is running
    #
    
    6 Then execute:  make ,  make install  and  installskydb . If something missing, installskydb will inform you. The results of the installation process can be found in the file /var/log/installskydb.log.
    #
    
    7 Install the font named skylendar.pfb, found in the directory src/, with for example, the command :  kcmshell kcmfontinst 
    What does it mean to execute?
    And what does 5 mean?

    Thanks for helping me so far! Im learning...

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    You are going in the correct path to enlightment. But the last is
    Code:
    ./configure
    not
    Code:
    /configure
    Mind the . (dot). In this case it belongs to the statement. It is a relative path and it means: this directory.
    And / alone is an absolute path and it means: the root directory.
    Henk van Velden

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    Thanks Master!

    This problem occurs:
    Code:
    linux-1cen:/home/rune/skylendar-1.7.1 # ./configure
    checking build system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
    checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
    checking target system type... i686-pc-linux-gnuoldld
    checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
    checking for -p flag to install... yes
    checking whether build environment is sane... yes
    checking for gawk... gawk
    checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... no
    checking for kde-config... not found
    configure: error: The important program kde-config was not found!
    Please check whether you installed KDE correctly
    Seems like i need to install kde-config (which makes no sense to me?) I tried to search in yast, with no results.

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    I am afraid that, after mastering the "standard things", you now run into a real problem. I also do not have (and can not find) any kde-config. It could be that that is a KDE 3 tool (they say: "Please check whether you installed KDE correctly", which KDE?).

    Attention: I found /opt/kde3/bin/kde-config on my openSUSE 10.3/KDE 3 partition. That means this is definitely KDE 3 oriented software!
    (I still have that 10.3 partition as a fall-back, seems to be a good idea).

    When finding these tarballs, you never know how much effort was placed in making them independant of the environment they have to be generated and run in. Often people think they have made something wonderfull if it works in the system they have at that moment in time. But much more is needed to have something that runs on RedHat, Ubuntu, openSUSE, etc, their different levels and their different Desktops.

    That is exactly why we tel people first to find a YaST installable package from a YaST reposotory. When that fails to try to find an RPM (if possible one where the maker declares it fit for openSUSE). And only a tarball (or worse) as last resort.

    When possible go back to the web-site where you found this and contact the people there. At least you can show them that you did correct until this point .
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How to install downloaded file?

    I noted this right below all the features:

    Skylendar needs the following packages:

    KDE 3.x

    QT 3.x

    PostgreSQL 8.x client and server, the plpgsql language plug-in, and probably the QT-PostgreSQL driver

    perl-XML-DOM for the skif utility.

    For the compilation and installation processes, the KDE, QT and PostgreSQL development packages must also be installed.

    The swiss ephemeris library requires compacted ephemeris files. The skylendar archive already provides a set of those ones for the contemporaneous epoch, but additional files ( .se1 files), can be found at: se1 files
    Looks like the author is using older software.

    Take Care,

    Ian
    Laptop: Dell Inspiron E1505 | OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows Vista | KDE | Intel CPU T2050 1.6 GHz | Intel 945GM | 3.2GB RAM
    Box: OpenSUSE 12.1/Windows 7 | KDE | Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 2.5GHz/core | nVidia Geforce 9500GT 1GB| 4 GB RAM

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