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OK - I'm actually rather new to the add/remove software program in Linux . . . so even though I've been in IT professionally for over 20 years, I cannot figure this out.

I start up the Fedora 14 Add/Remove software application.

I use the search function to find Apache.  Too many matches!

I use the search function to find Apache Web.  Too many matches!

I use the search function to find Apache Web Server.  Too many matches!

I try to narrow my search to only the Server group with all of the above matches.  Too many matches!

How in the world does the Add/Remove software search function work to find specific software packages?

Thank you in advance for your thoughts, ideas, hints or suggestions that you might be able to send my way.

/David C.

P.S.  And it's not only Apache . . . I have a difficult time with any package that I search for.
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by:farzanj
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Which OS do you have?

RedHat/CentOS/Fedora
Or something else?

Packaging systems are different in all the various versions
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Sorry, I noticed you said Fedora.

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Yes, this is Fedora 14

I have recently become a fan of using package managers - and I have very little trouble using yum and rpm from the command line.

This is very frustrating to use the Add/Remove program which, in theory, should be easier.  I'm sure that there is something that I am missing here - but I cannot figure out what it is.

Thank you for your reply.
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So you need to know just a few commands of yum

Fedora uses RPMs, which has a very good packaging system.
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Here are some commands

Remove a package.
yum remove <package>
rpm -e <package>


Installing a package
yum install <package>
rpm -ivh <package>

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Yes, thank you very much.  I have used the command line versions of yum and rpm quite a bit.

However, I am trying to find software packages to install using the Fedora Add/Remove software program.  That's what I am having trouble with. Locating the packages within that system.

Thank you.
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RPMS keep a database.  You can query it and do a lot of things you need.

If you give me a very specific example, I can sure help you with that
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by:farzanj
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Use:

yum available all | grep package

yum installed <package>

yum installed all  | grep package
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Yes, thank you very much.  I understand the command line interface.

I am using the Add/Remove GUI program.  That's what is not working for me.  I cannot find good matches for my searches.

I want to install Apache server.  I cannot find it using the Add/Remove GUI based program.

Thank you very much for your patience with me.
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Installing Apache

yum install httpd
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Aha!  Thank you for the lead . . .

And it works!  Searching the Add/Remove GUI program for httpd results in the first match being Apache HTTP Server.

Thank you thank you thank you!
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Using the tip from farzanj I was able to find out what I needed to search for in the Add/Remove software GUI.
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If you want to see the description of a package
issue the following command.

rpm -qi <package>

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