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    Installing packages


    First time Linux user, and I am trying to install HylaFAX. The documentation states to first install the following 3 packages.
    The following packages should be properly installed before HylaFAX. You can test by executing 'rpm -q packagename'.

    * libtiff-3.5.5 or better
    (get it at ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/updates/6.2/i386/libtiff-3.5.5-2.i386.rpm)
    * ghostscript-5.50 or better
    (get it at ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-6.2/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ghostscript-5.50-1.i386.rpm)
    * ghostscript-fonts-5.50 or better
    (get it at ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/redhat-6.2/i386/RedHat/RPMS/ghostscript-5.50-1.i386.rpm)
    So I tried:
    Code:
    wget ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/updates/6.2/i386/libtiff-3.5.5-2.i386.rpm
    but the reply was:
    No such directory `pub/redhat/updates/6.2/i386'
    Same results from the next two packages. Any suggestions? Also, if I have a fairly new PC, should I be using i386 or something like x86-64?

    Thank you
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    Try using yum to install what you need. Like
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    yum install libtiff ghostscript ghostscript-fonts
    i*86 (x86) is for 32-bit computers and x86_64 (x64) for 64-bit. If it's a new computer it's probably x64 but you should check if you aren't sure. uname can help.
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    Thanks, When I used your suggestion, I found they were already installed. Also, you were right about x86_64.

    PS. Using Linux to respond to you right now. Verify exciting!
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    In general, you should always try to use your distro's package manager to install things ("yum" in your case, or "apt-get" if you find yourself on a Debian-based system). The package manager will take care of all the dependencies for you and automatically install any other packages that are required. This will save you a lot of trouble.

    The main reasons for installing things another way (such as downloading an individual rpm/deb file yourself, or compiling from source) would be if your distro doesn't have a package for the application you're installing, or if you really need a version that's later than what's in the repositories.

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