[Gllug] gaim uninstall/reinstall problem

Xander D Harkness xander at harkness.co.uk
Fri Feb 6 01:24:20 UTC 2004

On Fri, 2004-02-06 at 01:37, Will Napier wrote:
> I tried to install a Redhat security update. Being a newbie, I knew I
> had to do the equivalent of uninstall first. I had read that you just ahd
> to remove the relevant gaim files. Doing a search showed a fair few files,
> and I removed (rm command) the gaim binary executable (a purple square
> diamond icon) and a file called gaim.desktop. I then rpm'd the redhat
> security update, and it said it needed three files, one of which was
> htmlview. After not being able to download these from rpmfind.com, I
> decided to rpm the original mandrake 9.2 rpm for gaim .75. It said that it
> was already installed. But typing gaim in the command line didn't work.
> How can I get out of this all too typical newbie experience of linux and
> at least return to using the mandrake rpm for gaim .75? I guess I have to
> uninstall but what does this mean? Grateful thanks.
You can do a number of queries using rpm:

rpm -qi gaim
will provide information on gaim and show that it is installed.

rpm -ql gaim will show all the files and paths to the files installed by

I would really recommend using a couple of methods to maintain packages
and dependencies for newbies:

Register and use RHN with up2date, this will allow you to just type
 up2date -u gaim
up2date will then sort out all the required dependencies 

You can go to freshrpms.net, download and install apt or yum

once apt is installed you can type:

apt-get update to get a current list of the available rpms
apt-get install gaim to install the latest gaim and all dependencies.

Kind regards

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