I am running RH8, new to Linux (from OS/2), and have taken my time to get settled. Recently I familiarized myself with dependency hell. I wanted to install Bluefish (web editor) and grabbed the RPM. It needed updated gnome-vfs and aspell. I tracked them down, but they needed other updated components - old story others are already familiar with. While starting to make charts to keep up with all this, I found articles about Yum. I grabbed the RPM distribution appropriate version of Yum from Duke and double-clicked it from Gnome. The Yum RPM never finished installing. Just froze in mid-"checking dependencies." Now I figured out later that I RH8 already had Yum installed and that I probably only needed to change my yum.conf and I'd have been good to go.
Problem is now things aren't responding correctly at all. I cannot rpm yum from either the command line or the desktop - the computer just sits and sits with no output. In fact, I cannot seem to rpm any package - including Bluefish which I *know* used to work. And while I can start yum from the terminal, the only meaningful response I can get from it is a list of command line switches and options. If I try and enter a command (like --help, or info, or list or check-update) or even a typo, once I hit enter Yum never responds. I've been fully prepared to blame Yum for this, but I'm coming around to the idea that it could very well be rpm's fault. I'm just dying to put Yum to good use here. I'll go reboot the machine for good measure. Here's my yum.conf.
Thanks alot in advance, trine.
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