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MANDRAKE/MANDRIVA CLUB URPMI


Members of the Mandrake/Mandriva Club can add a few extra URPMI sources and have access to hundreds packages of extra software, also software you normally would have to pay for !
The nice thing from URPMI is that install is super easy and can´t go wrong; it picks up the additional packages needed for the selected software as well, you just need an internet connection . . .

Here is how you can add the sources, we take as example ¨contributions¨ because this is the largest source:

Log in on the Mandrake Club Site and go to the "Downloads" page.
In the left column you will see the heading "Mirror finder" that's the page you want.

Set the "Architecture" and "Distribution version" to what you are currently running and set the "Resource type" to "Contributions" ( Note: there is a difference between the free available "contributions" and the "Club-Contributions" )

Next press "Search Mirrors" and select your favorite mirror form the list and click on "URPMI set up" this will give you a line of code.

Go to a console, log in as ¨su¨ and paste the line after the prompt and hit enter.
Now it should work and get the list . . . be patient, it takes a while.
Then as you get the prompt back, close the sonsole ( Ctrl+d , 2x ).

Now that we have added the ¨contrib¨ source to your software manager, we can have a look at all the packages:

Go to the MCC --> Software Management --> ¨RpmDrake helps you install software packages¨ ( the icon with the + ). Now you will see the text : ¨All packages¨ under the search-box., ¨All packages¨ ¨by group¨ change the by group in: ¨ by source repository¨ and you will get a list with the sources you can coose from: CD1, CD2, CD3 and also the Updatesource and the ¨Contrib¨ source. That is the one: ¨Contrib ftp¨, click in the little triangle in front of ¨contrib ftp¨, and a list will fold out with all the packages you can choose from . . . . FUN, MAGIC, BLISS !

The other sources you can add:
- Contributions ( we just did this one )
- Distribution ( the things that usually are on your Cds but then updated, this will replace the sources from CDs 1 – 3 ! )
- Club-software ( adapt urpmi line with your nick and password )
- Club-commercial ( adapt urpmi line with your nick and password )
- Club-contributions ( adapt urpmi line with your nick and password )
- Club-contributions testing ( adapt urpmi line with your nick and password )
- PLF free( the Penguin Liberation Front )
- PLF non-free


Every now and then you will need to update the sources because new packages are added every day, this is how you do that in one single command ( as root ):

CODE
# urpmi.update -a



If you would like to install all the packages you have access to after adding these sources, you better get yourself an extra HD of 100 G !
Of course for all these goodies you have to be a member of the Mandrake Club . . . . . but nobody is forcing you . . . . . .


Bruno


-- Jun 17 2003 ( Revised Dec 13 2005 ) --


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