Welcome to LQ.
May work, if they are old enough. Mandrake 9.2 has glibc-2.3.2.
RH EL 4 has version 2.3.5, packages should probably be older than that.
Try installing, they will only be rejected, if no fit.
And if they don't work : easy to remove.
The ARmake.inc puzzle is tricky,
I prefer # rpmbuild, the sources are here
> > will build arpack-2.1-7.i586.rpm, arpack-devel....
( 1 minute with # rpmbuild -bb arpack.spec )
The required dependency : lapack-3.1.1-3.fc9.src.rpm
> > will build : blas, blas-devel, lapack, lapack-devel,
with # rpmbuild -bb lapack.spec
( Or the old # rpm --rebuild ... ? )