Using YUM to Update KDE on White Box Enterprise Linux 4

Published June 27, 2005

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You must be Root to do this.

You must also not be running KDE when you do this. At the graphical log-in screen, press CTRL+ALT+F1 to get to a prompt.

Install YUM. If you don’t have this installed, place the 4th CD in the drive. Look for the file ‘yum-2.2.0-0.fc3.rpm’ and copy it to your home folder. Once copied, install it using the standard rmp -ivh ~/yum-2.2.0-0.fc3.rpm

Add the repository to your /etc/yum.conf file.

[kde-redhat-kde-stable]
name=kde-redhat.org (kde-stable)
baseurl=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/whitebox/el4/i386/stable

[kde-redhat-kde-stable-all] name=kde-redhat.org (kde-stable-all) baseurl=http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat/all/stable

Get and install the public key. At the prompt, type

rpm –import http://apt.kde-redhat.org/apt/kde-redhat.RPM-GPG-KEY

Finally, make a script file that you can use to actually call the update command. That way, you can just run the script instead of the long command.

#! /bin/sh

sudo yum update kde qt arts kdelibs kdebase gtk+ gtk2 redhat-artwork

The process takes a little while, and you will be prompted before any files are downloaded. To make it interactive, use the -y switch (see the yum –help command).

Log out of your session, press CTRL+ALT+F7 to return to the graphical login screen, and then log in to a KDE session. You should now see the new version number appear, complete with Redhat artwork!

If you want a fun toy to play with for developing web pages and PHP apps, install KDE Webdev which is a collection of tools including Quanta which is now part of KDE. To install it, simply type yum install kdewebdev as root.

Comments are welcome. Since I’m a relatively new Linux user, maybe you might have a better way of doing this. Let me know.


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