Install Applications

Hi, I'm wondering, how does one install applications (from Red Hat 6.0 CD-ROM)? For example,Dos/Windows Connectivity or Mail/WWW/News Tools. I am fairly computer literate, but this is all the realm of the unknown at this very early stage.
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jlevieCommented:
Additional packages are added via the "rpm" tool or one of the GUI package managers (kpackage,  gnorpm). You may need to do a bit of set up of kpackage to tell it where to look for distributions (at least I've always had to). The GUI's are nice because you can browse the distribution. The man pages for rpm are a good source of information, but basically you just do an "rpm -i packagefile" as root.

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gruseCommented:
The categories you listed are just install options, there are no packages like that on CD. Just enter your CD, type 'mount /mnt/cdrom' and cd into /mnt/cdrom/redHat/RPMS. There are the installable files (end in .rpm). If you want to know which packages are already installed, do a

rpm -qa | more

or use a GUI tool as jlevie suggested. Try the man page to rpm ('man rpm'), this tool can do quite a bit.
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alanhllAuthor Commented:
It looks like I have RedHat but without the ability to use ./configure, (because I didn't select the neccessary install option). Is there anything I can do about this or am I basically facing starting from scratch? Specifically, what would I need to add, and how, are my questions now...
P.S.Thankyou for yo' answers
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gruseCommented:
There is a difference between source code packages (mostly gzipped tar files, ending in .tgz or .tar.gz, called 'tarballs'), where you have to compile and install the software, typically by doing

tar xvzf mysoft-5.0.3.tgz
cd mysoft-5.0.3
../configure
make
make install

, and binary packages, which contain already compiled binaries that can be executed directly after installing the package, on Red Hat done via rpm:

rpm -i mysoft-5.0.3-6.i386.rpm

If ./configure doesn't work for you, you probably didn't install the compiler gcc, make and other development tools.
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alanhllAuthor Commented:
Thanks gruse.
      I understand the problem. I've just reinstalled 'everything', which is what I damn well should have done in the first place, instead of picking and choosing when I didn't really know what I wanted anyway. Still I think there should be some notice put in the iinstallation guide stating that you are going to need development tools. It is very confusing and frustrating, although I have learnt a bit.
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alanhllAuthor Commented:
Thanks gruse.
      I understand the problem. I've just reinstalled 'everything', which is what I damn well should have done in the first place, instead of picking and choosing when I didn't really know what I wanted anyway. Still I think there should be some notice put in the iinstallation guide stating that you are going to need development tools. It is very confusing and frustrating, although I have learnt a bit.
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