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for gaim here is a short howto.
1)rpm -qa | grep gaim
whatever u get, copy that and paste in into the next command:
rpm -e (whatever u got from previous command).
2)go to rpmseek.org and download the latest nss and nspr libraries.
3)go to gaim.sourceforge.net and download the latest gaim build.
4)install the nss and nspr libraries:
rpm -Uvh nspr*.rpm (where * is the version no.--u can use tab for auto completion)
rpm -Uvh nss*.rpm (*--same as above)
if everything goes well then go on else try to solve the problems.
5)type rpm -Uvh gaim*.rpm (*--same as above)
if you do not get any serious errors like gtk or no SSL support or no gcc or glibc then u r good to go.
all you do then is:
rpm -Uvh --nodeps gaim*.rpm
now all u do is type gaim on the console and ur new gaim with MSN will be working for you.
hope this helped.
the *.package that you explained about was amazingly easy... i had been having several problems with dependencies like no other... and every package it required needed another one... i'm sweet now tho, thanks a ton