I can't find aMSN in the Scientific Linux 6 repositories.. How can I install it?

  • Let me ask if you want to be more flexible with your question... what about installing another MSN client such as Pidgin or Kmess? I think that it could work for you but nobody can answer that to your question, since it is about aMSN and not any MSN client.
    – D4RIO
    Jan 13, 2012 at 20:12
  • [root@a ~]# yum search kmess Warning: No matches found for: kmess No Matches found [root@a ~]# AND developer.pidgin.im/ticket/13298 Jan 13, 2012 at 20:17
  • I cannot understand why the pidgin ticket link, but anyway, have you tried with amsn-project.net/linux-downloads.php? If not, try downloading the Fedora package (it's RPM) or the source code.
    – D4RIO
    Jan 13, 2012 at 20:24
  • p.s.: I get this message when I try to add a buddy on MSN with pidgin...: i.imgur.com/qXy0K.png Jan 13, 2012 at 21:39
  • so pidgin has a bug.. Jan 13, 2012 at 21:39

2 Answers 2


I just googled for "amsn el6 rpm" and got tons of hits. So you can download an already built rpm and install it.

el6 is short for RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 - which is the "orignal" OS for the binary compatible clones (CentOS 6, Scientific Linux 6).

  • As I said, the RPM should be the first choice instead of building
    – D4RIO
    Jan 15, 2012 at 17:45

Well if there's no packaged binary for your distro you can try building the package from source. Get the gzipped tarball and extract it somewhere you do your build-related stuff, and follow the standard procedure:

$ cd ~/build
$ tar xzf amsn-0.98.4-src.tar.gz
$ cd amsn-0.98.4

Here you make sure to read all important files, such as README, INSTALL and HELP before continuing. Then you compile and install:

$ ./configure
$ make
# make install

Note: on SL 6.1 64bit you will need this before the install:

# yum install gcc-c++ tcl-devel tk-devel libpng-devel libjpeg-devel gstreamer-devel farsight2-devel -y
  • yum install gcc-c++ helped!! Jan 13, 2012 at 22:17

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