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I using RedHat 7.2 and want to update the version of RPM that is included.
Ok so I had to download the new version of RPM which needed a new version of "fill in the blank" which needed a new version of "fill in the blank" which needed a new version of "fill in the blank".......etc
I am using gnorpm to do the updates. Everytime I add a program to be updated I find something else that needs to be updated.
Does this sound right? Am I missing the easy way to do this?
The easy way is probably to scrap everything and just get redhat 7.3.
No doubt about compilng form source vs installing pre-compiled binaries, I always go with the source. The up2date thingy I found it very convinient when you just installed the system and you ran up2date to get the redhat "latest" updtaes, and then I usually run run up2date on a regular basis to check if I've missed on something.
If you want clean install you should satisfy deps before compiling. But sometimes the deps are just non-essential as an example I upgraded gcc from rh version 2-96 to real gcc version 3.x.x, now when I wanted to install mozilla using binaries it complained about libstdc++ I have one version ahead of required and I keep original libstdc++ (made a backup before upgrading gcc, glibc, libstdc++, etc), so I just went ahead and installed it without deps, it works - means deps problem is bull in this case.