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Mandrake's urpmi

Installing software with Mandrake is done with the urpmi command. Like Debian's apt-get (which I discuss shortly), urpmi takes care of all that nasty checking for prerequisite software. When installing an RPM package using urpmi, you will sometimes be told that other packages are needed and asked whether you want urpmi to automatically install them. The right answer is almost always yes. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Most people running directly from the desktop will see urpmi through the Mandrake Control Center (command name drakconf). When the Control Center starts up, click on Software Management (in the left-hand sidebar). This gives you four choices. You can install software packages, remove packages, search for and install updates (very important for security and bug fixes), or add new software installation sources. When you choose to install or remove software, you are actually running another program, called Rpmdrake (command name rpmdrake).


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