Kick me !!
After about 10 LAMP installs (with both rpm's and src compilies) without success getting anything but a blank screen at http://localhost/
and exhausting myself searching for an answer (see thread)
I decided that there had to be SOMETHING in previous installs that was persisting and I tried to delete everything I could related to MySQL, Apache, PHP, Python, and (the mistake) PERL !! very dumb mistake.
So when I boot now, /usr/bin/perl and libperl.so are not found, and I expect that more is missing that's needed. As a result, no X-window environments will open. A search at rpmfind shows libperl.so in perl-base-5.8.1-0.RC4.3mdk.i586.rpm , which is on disk 1 of my Mandrake 9.2 powerpack.
So at present, that box is sitting at the path to that rpm and if I try to install it, bash responds the RPM is already installed. If I try to remove it, I'm told it's not installed.
SO how do I install it? Any ideas? Is there a way to reload Mandrake without destroying my home & usr partitions?