Good day. I am the newest of the newbies. AS part of my first ever Linux class, I volunteered to do a presentation on installing & using the linux kernel crash dump application for the RedHat 9 distribution of linux (kernel version 2.4.20-6). After a fair amount of searching, I determined that I needed to download and install the lkcd utilities (lkcdutils-4.1-1.i386.rpm as well as lkcdutils-qlcrash-4.1-1.i386.rpm). Fair amount of HOWTO's out there to do this so even a newbie like me can do this, right? Well yes, sort of.
Once I was able to download and attempt an install of the rpm binary on my laptop, I received the following error message:
"libbfd-220.127.116.11.2.so is needed by lkcdutils-4.1-1.i386.rpm" Also:
"libopcodes-18.104.22.168.2.so is needed by lkcdutils-4.1-1.i386.rpm"
So, what did I do, but locate the linuxquestions.org website, sign myself up and began researching some newbie threads. I found one with a similar issue, and the response was to go to ftp.csit.lkams.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4 and do a search on the above libraries. I did this, and I located a file that looked promisng: binutils-22.214.171.124.2-3.i386.rpm. I downloaded this file; when I attempted to install it, I received aseries of error messages that the files I'm attempting to install from the binutils-126.96.36.199.2-3.i386.rpm. conflict with a file from package binutils-188.8.131.52.18-9.
So, I'm confused. What went wrong? Did I locate the wrong file? Or, if binutils-184.108.40.206.18-9 is a more recent utility file, why did I receive my original error message about libbfd-220.127.116.11.2.so is needed by lkcdutils-4.1-1.i386.rpm?
Clearly, I'm in over my head, but any direction someone could provide me is much appreciated. I really do want to understand linux, but this is disheartening.
Thanks much for your time and attention.