trouble installing RPM (im a noob)

Asked by c.henney on 2009-10-19

First off, I would like to know what exactly RPM is. I'm pretty sure it's a program that makes installing things easier and its made by Red Hat or something. If anyone could give a short explanation that would be awesome.

Second, while following the instructions for installation i get this message in terminal

bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline'

and i have no clue what it means.

Please help.

Thanks =]

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c.henney (pyroskaterfreek) said : #1

Also another problem I'm having is when I try to go to the root to install something. I type 'su' into the terminal and it asks for my password. When I enter my password nothing appears though and if I try to just type it in and hit enter it says it's wrong.

Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #2

You can install packages as root by typing

sudo apt-get install ....

By typing only su (which came from super user) after you type the password you'll get an authentication failure message. Typing "sudo su" will log you as super user.

After you press return key you'll be asked for the your password.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPM_Package_Manager here is an explanation of RPM package meaning.

The error is shown when an char like "<" or ">" is used improperly in a bash command like cd /media/</dev/sda1> or in the source code of a bash script one line is ending with one of those chars. In which context you got that error?

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #3

You can not install rpm package in ubuntu,because ubuntu use deb packages.You can convert rpm to deb with alien package (you will find it in synaptic and you can install it from there).Better solution is to find deb package for application you want to install.

Best Sam_ (and-sam) said : #4

About installing software:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

> When I enter my password nothing appears though and if I try to just type it in and hit enter it says it's wrong.

While typing the password (the one you login with) you wont see anything, like stars or alike.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

In case you forgot your password.
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/47743

c.henney (pyroskaterfreek) said : #5

Thanks for the help