I just installed Fedora 17 on my box and I'm having trouble installing packages. I used to think that across all linux os'es all it took was sudo apt-get install packagae.

I don't think this is the case here, as this is not working for me. Do I have to some how install apt-get before I can use it? I thought it came pre-configured with F17.

I'm obviously very new to Linux, and any help or advice is greatly appreciated.


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Fedora (And RHEL, Scientific and CentOS) all use "Yellowdog Update Manager", AKA "yum". Some examples:

Search: sudo yum search pkgname

Install: sudo yum install pkgname

Update: sudo yum update

rpm will do some of the stuff that dpkg would do on Debian-ish systems.

Here is some more info: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Tools/Apt

  • Ah I see. Do OS'es ever use apt-get and yum?
    – Piper
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:08
  • Not in supported ways that I know of.
    – Tim
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:09
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    Seems that Fedora might have an apt package. Never worked with it myself, so I cannot attest to how well it works.
    – Tim
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:36

You don't use apt-get on RedHat based distros, they don't share the same package database with debian based ones, the correct command for installing a package was:

yum install XXX

FYI: fedora doesn't have that much package as Ubuntu provides.

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