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Learning Red Hat Linux by Bill McCarty

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Package Contents and Installation Commands

Some packages referred to in the book are not part of the standard Red Hat Linux distribution.

The X Window System Packages (Chapter 5)

If Red Hat’s installation process has installed X for you, then you’ll find that the packages listed in Table 3.3 are already installed on your system. You can verify this by running rpm with the query option on these package names. If you didn’t install X during initial Red Hat installation, you can still use rpm to install the needed packages. Some of these packages are dependent on others, so you must install them in this order:

XFree86-75dpi-fonts

Fonts used by X (if you have a monitor that supports resolutions of 1024x768 or greater, you may prefer to install XFree86-100dpi-fonts)

XFree86-libs

Shared libraries used by X and X programs

XFree86

Basic files needed by X

Xconfigurator

Tool that helps you configure X

Xaw3d

Library of 3D controls used by many X programs

X11R6-contrib

Assortment of useful contributed X programs

Tip

Because the contents of the X-related packages may change from release to release, you may find that this sequence fails; if so, simply inspect the RPM error messages to identify the missing packages and install them.

Because the name of a package file includes the version and release numbers and the system architecture of the package, you’ll need to search your CD-ROM to find each package and specify the proper filename as an argument of the rpm command. For example, you may find that ...

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