Bug 119896 - Useability - there is no way to install an RPM
Useability - there is no way to install an RPM
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: pirut (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Paul Nasrat
Bill Nottingham
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Reported: 2004-04-02 17:38 EST by Joel Grimes
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:43 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-01-24 18:14:11 EST
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Description Joel Grimes 2004-04-02 17:38:45 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.6)
Gecko/20040206 Firefox/0.8

Description of problem:
RPM files are not associated with any application by default.  Thus,
there is no (graphical) way to install an RPM that isn't included in
the install cd's.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download an RPM you want to install
2. Double-click on it


Actual Results:  Dialog box: There is no application associated with
this file type.

Expected Results:  Some kind of graphical installer or an explanation
of how to install an rpm 

Additional info:

In addition, add/remove applications doesn't allow you to select
anything that isn't on the install cds.  This means that there is no
way to install an rpm.

If a user downloads an rpm, they are left to guess that they have to
bring up a terminal and type in "rpm -i...."

rpm files should be associated with an application.  Didn't there used
to be a program called gnorpm?
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2004-04-03 16:47:29 EST
The Real difficulty is that the IANA mime-type associated with
*.rpm is for audio, not binary, bits.

Off to distribution in the vain hope that something might be done ...
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2004-04-06 00:53:00 EDT
The problem is that you can't really associate it with
redhat-config-packages, because:

a) randomly installing software that's downloaded seems a little bad
b) it doesn't handle source RPMs

Comment 3 Bill Nottingham 2005-03-02 16:42:43 EST
Paul, planning on handling this sort of thing in PUP?
Comment 4 Paul Nasrat 2005-03-02 17:16:16 EST
Probably not in it's first incarnation, but it seems like a sensible goal to
handle within the local file browser.  I'll keep this one until pup goes in then
transfer it as an RFE there.
Comment 5 Rahul Sundaram 2005-09-07 17:56:17 EDT
Transferring to Pup in development tree
Comment 6 Jeremy Katz 2006-01-24 18:14:11 EST
This should be fixed with pirut-0.9.5 and later
Comment 7 David Lawrence 2006-06-27 21:31:27 EDT
Moving component to pirut. Sorry for the spam.

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