Installing packages

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Installing packages

Postby oliver27 » 2006-07-15 09:18

Hi all:

Just wondering if someone could help me with the following: I have recently converted to Linux (Debian) from Windows, however I'm struggling with how you download and install packages, outside of the Synaptic Package Manager! For instance I'm running Debian on a virtual system, therefore I need to install vmware-tools, I have these downloaded, and I did the following:

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mount /dev/cdrom /mnt

This returned the following error message: mount: can't find /dev/cdrom/mnt in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab Therefore I have been unable to follow any of the other steps! Can anyone give me advice on what to do? Plus is there any documentation on downloading and installing packages? And by this I mean a real beginners guide i.e. where to place packages prior to install, etc.....

Many thanks

Oliver :oops:
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Postby Grifter » 2006-07-15 09:47

/dev/cdrom is usually only a symlink to your real device, like /dev/hdd or whatnot, dmesg | grep -i hd, see what your cdrom is, then make the symlink, cd /dev; ln -s realdevice cdrom

mount /dev/cdrom /mountpoint
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