Saturday, September 10, 2005

Updating Mandriva

So you got your linux system up and running. So how do you stay up-to-date with new software and get the latest? URPMI. In Mandriva, you have a package tool called RPM Drake, that uses URPMI. And with it, you can update your software, or add new programs and libraries. But where does it get the info? Easy URPMI website. I'll show you how.

1. Go to http://easyurpmi.zarb.org. There you will find categories to specify where Mandriva should go to get updates. I chose “Main” and “Updates”. Check the boxes that you want.
2. In the drop-down boxes, choose a server that is closest to your phsyical location. For me, it was Texas.
3. Click the “Proceed to Step 3” button.
4. In the text box below that, there will be commands to copy and paste to your console window.
5. Open a console window, and “su” to root.
6. The site reccommends typing “urpmi.removemedia -a” first, in order to reinitialize urpmi's setup. Paste the commands (all of them. The last command pasted, you will have to hit the “Enter” key to start that process. All others will happen automatically.)
7. Go do something else while Mandriva downloads the list of files on each server.
8. When the last one is compelted, you are ready to update using any of the packaging tools under the “Menu>System>Configuration>Packaging” menu.

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