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Wednesday, February 4th 2004, 8:42am

Need help!

I am a beginner in Linux.
I was used to using windows in our workplace when suddenly we had to change to the Red Hat Linux 9 OS.
I want to use yahoo messenger and msn messenger for my computer and i found out about kopete
I downloaded the Red Hat 9 RPM (KDE >= 3.1.1 required) in the download area
Double clicked on the icon on my folder and nothing happened.
Please bear with me... i'm really new with this.
I need help. Please... what should i do?
Thank you very much.



Wednesday, February 4th 2004, 10:10pm

To install anything from rpm, you need root access. Assuming that you have the root passwd, and you are new to linux, I would suggest you the following:

1) open file manager. select your rpm, rightclick--> should see "install packages" in the popup menu.

2) goto the directory where your package in installed. login as root. type redhat-install-packages kopete*.rpm from a terminal.

3) If you want to be more of a geek, type: rpm -iv kopete*.rpm from a terminal.

All the three performs the same thing with different levels of gui - read that as gu-interference. :D


Friday, February 6th 2004, 8:42am

Thank you so much I have successfully installed kopete.
Now I don't know how to add in new accounts like msn or yahoo.
Please bear with me.
Thank you so much!



Friday, February 6th 2004, 6:31pm

When you open Kopete and the contact list comes up (blank), go to Settings->Kopete Settings. There is an icon for Accounts, and you need to click on New to setup your logins for Yahoo, MSN, AIM, etc. Once you click New, you'll go through an easy wizard for setting up the accounts.

Good Luck.


Tuesday, February 10th 2004, 7:41am

Thank you for help.
But i still cannot see anything in my kopete window
I can only see the menu --> File, Help and No Text!
Under FIle -- Quit
Under Help -- About Kopete and other help options
ANd the No Text! menu does not not have any sub menus
Please help... I really want this to work.
Thanks a million :)


Tuesday, February 10th 2004, 3:27pm

You installed an rpm that was not built for you system. It is installing to the wrong directory. I would reccommend installing from source, but remember to put the proper prefixd in during the ./configure --prefix=***. To check your prefix do a 'which konqueror' from a terminal.


Thursday, February 12th 2004, 11:28am

There's an easyer way to get kopete working


Installation tips
If you don't see any "plugins" listed in the "plugins" page of the configuration dialog after installing Kopete you may have installed it in a directory where KDE doesn't look for additional resources like plugins.
KDE applications by default look in all directories listed in the /etc/kderc file, the $KDEDIRS environment variable, in $KDEDIR if this variable doesn't exist, and ultimately in the directory where kdelibs is installed. Unless you take special precautions applications will _NOT_ look in other directories, even if you install additional software (like Kopete) there.
The best solution is to add the following to /etc/kderc (create the file if it doesn't exist yet):


If you don't have write access to /etc/kderc, or if you want to use more parallel builds of KDE and/or Kopete you need to rely on the environment variables instead. If $KDEDIRS currently points to /opt/kde3 and you installed Kopete to /usr/local then you need to set $KDEDIRS to '/opt/kde3:/usr/local'. You need to store this change in a file that is picked up by all shells and for all users, like /etc/profile. The name of the preferred version varies from system to system. After changing /etc/kderc or $KDEDIRS you'll have to update your system settings with 'kbuildsycoca'.
*Remember, Kopete only works with KDE 3.1.1 or above!

Good luck
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