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I decided to start from scratch with a minimal installation and build it up myself from there so I could get more experience. I'm unsure of what Red Hat installs whether you want it or not, but it looks like it's pretty bare bones. I have no X or any toys like that. I do have basic functionality and that robust ftp client.
So, I arbitrarily decided to begin with Apache. I'm using the rpm and it tells me it wants "libapr-0.so0" and "libaprutil-0.so0". I can only assume that I need to install and configure the Apache Portable Runtime, but I've not been able to find any detailed instructions on how to do this. I've got the rpm's, but I can't find anything that tells me what they're supposed to do and how I should use them.
Originally posted by Galaxy_Stranger ...Do I really need YUM to keep track of what's going on, or is there some place that explains how it all works?...
If you just want to go through the steps of manually resolving dependencies using rpms, the easiest way to find all dependencies is to run “yum install packagename”, capture the package names that are to be installed, answer “n” to the install question and then manually install the listed packages, in some unknown order, which you will discover.
The unassisted way to do it is to attempt to install the rpm of interest and then find/install any dependencies that are listed. Usually, you either recognize the dependency packages or can guess the rpm names that will resolve the dependencies. If guessing fails, googling the dependence is usually helpful.
In your case, the guesses would be “apr...rpm”, “aprutil...rpm” and “libapr...rpm” . You would look through the FC4 updates, FC4 os and FC4 extras repositories for rpms that matched the dependency names. If the initial rpm came from a non-fedora repo (e.g., freshrpms, etc.), you would look in that repo for a match, too.
Typically, when you attempt to install the dependencies, they too will have dependencies that need to be resolved in the same manner. And this can seem to go on forever.
This was how things worked when I first installed RHL9 and it’s exactly why so many people selected “install everything” during the installation. If you didn’t get something you needed in the initial installation, it could be nearly impossible to install the package.
In addition to Google, yum and yumex are also your friends in fedora.