17.2. Using the command line interface
Another way to install or remove an application is to use the command line and
, the Yellowdog Update Manager. This can be a much faster process than the
method, but requires the user to use the command line. If this feels uncomfortable, the
method may be a more familiar way to manage software.
17.2.1. Installing software
Applications > System Tools> Terminal
to open the command line.
su -c 'yum install
is the name of the program you wish to install.
If you are unsure of the exact name of your desired installation, you can search your installed repositories for a keyword:
su -c 'yum search
is the word you wish to search for among the names and descriptions of programs in the available repositories.
After using the
yum install command, you will be prompted for the computer's root password. Type in the root password and press
. You will not see the password as you type. The terminal will start giving information about the application, and end with
Is this ok [y/N]:. Oftentimes, the installation of an application will require that other programs, called dependencies, are installed as well. These are programs or utilities upon which your selected application relies.
If you wish to continue installation after seeing the dependencies and their disk space requirements (which may be unexpectedly considerable), type:
The terminal downloads the necessary files and completes the installation of your application.