I've run into some problems doing this before, so here I am, running Mandrake 9.0 and trying to upgrade some packages. After running this same distribution for several months, and screwing it royally with many "newbie" mistakes I'm sure, I decided to clear it out and start over. My original intent was to install the newest version of my favorite AIM clone, Gaim. Unfortunately, I apparently need some packages, most notably glibc and gtk+ upgrades.
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On my "to install" list now lies (in alphabetical order :P):
make 3.80 (gnu)
These are all tarballs (ie .tar.gz).
Any suggestions to this (please assume) total newbie? Am I doing this the hard way? Any special precautions and/or commands to run. I am reading/hearing about LD_CONFIG_PATH and ldconfig a lot, but am still not really sure what they are/how to manipulate them.
Any miscellaneous advice/things to read is appreciated.