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I have just downloaded the samba-3.6.1.tar.gz file from the Samba website and want to install Samba on my RedHat Linux machine, I have extracted the contents of the samba-3.6.1.tar.gz folder but havent a clue what to do now, is there an RPM file buried in there somewhere I can run? I am very new to Linux! Thanks for any help!

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normally on RHEL or Fedora, you simply do yum install samba –  sharth Oct 25 '11 at 16:26
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It sounds like you downloaded the Samba source, and that's not what you want right now. Use yum install samba. That will find the correct RPM for your machine on a RedHat (or other trusted) server, download it, and install it for you. If yum gives you a message about not having permissions, use sudo yum install samba. If that says sudo: command not found, type su to switch to the root user, then yum install sudo samba. Remember to log out of root (logout or ctrl-d) as soon as you can; you shouldn't do more as root than you need to.

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My RedHat is not registered,

# yum install samba
Loaded plugins: product-id, security, subscription-manager
This system is not registered to Red Hat Subscription Management. You can use su
bscription-manager to register.
Setting up Install Process
No package samba available.
Nothing to do

Is there a way to install without the yum command, like the question above "is there an RPM file buried in there somewhere I can run?"

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Are you sure that you want to use RHEL and not CentOS? As far as I know, you have to pay for RHEL updates. –  Martin von Wittich Sep 24 '13 at 13:42
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