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Re: HELP INSTALLING X USING DPKG FOR A NEWBIE



*- On 13 Mar, Robert Aisenberg wrote about "HELP INSTALLING X USING DPKG FOR A NEWBIE"
> Hi-
>     I am trying to install X and have posted about 5 messages. I am new
> to Linux and Unix (I'm running WIN95) currently I have not done anything
> productive with it except get frustrated. I downloaded Debian 2.1 onto a
> 80386 with 250 MB of disk space for "/" and a 30 MB swap. I want to get
> X running so I downloaded it from XFree86.org there I ran the setup
> script and it said something about a.out and that it could not run. So I
> tried a dpkg. I downloaded several ".deb" files and every time it said
> something about a package list not comple or a broken package or a
> dependancy probelem. All of it was greak to me so I came to this list. I
> tried dselect but I could not figure that out even after reading the
> readme. If someone could tell me how to use dpkg correctly, I've been
> using a command like "dpkg -i /dos/floppy/xserve~1.deb", and tell me
> what packages to download plus the order in which to install them that
> would be great.
> 
> Thanks in advance
> -James
> 
> 

James, X is not any easy thing, so don't get too frustrated.  Also,
this don't expect all questions to get answered on this list.  It is
a very high traffic list and lots of users just skim the subjects,
skipping as they see fit.

Have you looked at the deselect-beginners guide at 
ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main/disks-i386/current/dselect-beginner.html ?
It might be of some additional help.

You will probably need the following to get started.

xfree86-common
xbase-clients
xserver-common
xfonts-75dpi
xfonts-base
xfs
xlib6g
xpm4g
xterm
zlib1g

and

xserver-{your video cards chipset} , like xserver-mach64 for most ATI
cards.

If you can not figure out dselect, download all the files to an empty
directory and then install them all at once with 'dpkg -i *'.  I did
not check all the dependcies of the above but I think that should be a
complete set.

Good luck,

-- 
Brian 
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