(Ahead of time, I should note that I posted this to the "Linux From Scratch" distribution's forum, because I thought "Linux From Scratch" was the Newbie forum. I then saw this forum. I already told that forum to ignore my post. Please help me out here! Okay, here goes nothing...)
I had a fully functioning SuSE Linux 8.1 Professional system up and running on my Dell PowerEdge 400SC system. k3b wasn't working though so I couldn't burn CDs. I tried to update it using the latest rpm out on the suse.com site. It complained about me not having several of the need shared objects and I read somewhere that I needed KDE3.1 or later. So, again, I tried to use the latest rpm on the suse.com site. I started having problems where konqueror would not work at all anymore, so I tried to back out KDE updates I made by doing updates to all the KDE modules (using the SuSE Installation CDs I bought).
After that, I could never get back into KDE. I tried everything I could think of to get back into KDE, including writing the firstname.lastname@example.org
lists. As I was able to log in as root as a command line, I tried to update the system via yast and yast2. It made no difference no matter what I tried. I tried updating many different packages to no avail. I ran diagnostics checks on my hard drive and it gave no errors.
Finally, I got frustrated to the point where I decided to try to re-install the system. If I put installation CD 1 into the CD-ROM drive and allowed it to start the installation, it would seemingly detect my hardware, including:
The installation program then would give the following messages (just like this):
integrating the installation system into the ramdisk...
integrating the shared objects of the installation system...
ldconfig: Cannot mmap file /usr/lib/libhd.so.5.
ldconfig: /usr/lib/libhd.so.5.32 is not an ELF file - it has the wrong magic bytes at the start.
ldconfig: /usr/lib/libjpeg.so is not an ELF file - it has the wrong magic bytes at the start.
ldconfig: /usr/lib/libjpeg.so.62 is not an ELF file - it has the wrong magic bytes at the start.
ldconfig: /usr/lib/libhd.so.62.0.0 is not an ELF file - it has the wrong magic bytes at the start.
ldconfig: Cannot mmap file /usr/lib/liblcms.so.
ldconfig: Cannot mmap file /usr/lib/liblcms.so.1.
ldconfig: Cannot mmap file /usr/lib/libpanel.so.5
Note the messages from "ldconfig" are not always the same--but they are always of this type with those error messages. The above was the latest attempted install of about 10 attempted installs which all last about 2-3 hours each time.
My thought after trying all these installs was that perhaps the "integrating the shared objects of the installation system..." was referring to the fact that there was a problem with something on my hard drive. So, I used Partition Magic to delete the three (Linux) partitions I had on my hard drive.
When I start my system now, it obviously doesn't boot linux, but Grub still seems to be there.
If I insert CD 1 into the system, and let the Installation run, I get the same problem I described earlier where ldconfig complains about many shared object files.
Thanks in advance for your help!