Well, no, on an rpm based distro like rh you can intsall gcc by rpm, or more simply by the upgrade install mechanizm on your install cd's. Look for the option "developement". Haven't used rh since 8.0, so I can't be more specific. Be advised that upgrading gcc alone to a newer version is a _bad_ idea, as there are many dependancy problems.
As to your original "gcc can't create executables" error, it is possible that it was an unusual permisions problem. Something often overlooked is that the partition containing the working directory (where you're compiling) must be mounted with the exec option.
Last edited by kevinalm; 08-25-2004 at 02:58 PM.