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Mandrake Linux

Can I install an i386 rpm on an i586 system?

Yes, an i386 rpm can be installed on an i586 system. The better way to go about installing rpms that are optimized for i386 (instead of i586) is to see if you can find an srpm, then issue an 'rpm --rebuild whatever.src.rpm', so that the binary rpm that is produced is optimized for your system. Once you've done that, you may want to look at the next question.

Where do the RPMs go when I rebuild a file?

This depends on whether or not the srpm you've rebuilt is cpu dependent, and on what type of cpu you have. With Mandrake, the files get stored in /usr/src/RPM/RPMS/ix86 for intel processors, /usr/src/RPM/RPMS/k6 for amd processors, and /usr/src/RPM/RPMS/noarch for rpms that are non-cpu dependent. If you are looking for the SRPM, it can be found under /usr/src/RPM/SRPMS

My system is starting to show out of disk space errors. Where can I look to remove files?

The places to start looking (depending on how you've partitioned your system) are /var/log, /var/spool/mail, and /tmp. These directories can fill up quickly, especially if you don't regularly check and clean them.

Can I fit Mandrake on a 115 MB drive?

You are going to have a very difficult time fitting a useable Mandrake install on a 115 MB drive, since the default minimum install in the non-expert mode is around 400 MB. It is possible that if you have the time and expertise to go through and individually select only those packages that are an absolute necessity, that you might be able to get it to fit on that small of a drive.

You would be better off and probably have more functionality, if you looked for a "tiny" version of linux that is meant for those occassions where other larger distributions won't fit. You can easily find urls for most of these from at

Where can I find a listing of all linux distributions?

You can find a pretty complete listing at, which lists most distributions.

How do I extract .tar.gz files?

To extract a .tar.gz (or .tgz as they are sometimes named), type 'tar -xzvf <filename>' without the quotes.

How do I check to see if sendmail is running?

Run '/etc/rc.d/init.d/sendmail status' (without the quotes) from the command line.

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