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I currently have my main server runnnig Redhat 6.1 . I have manged to set it up nicely running as primary DNS for my domain Latest version of Apache with PHP MySQL & frontpage extensions built in FTP, SSH, SMTP & pop3 with SSL. As you can see i have put alot of time into it .This is besides security of the box even.
Recently i had tried providing up2date on the machine so alot of the security releases, general errata could be installed/upgraded automatically. (This feature works well on another RH 7.2 machine i have. This is where my troubles began. When i tried to install some programs that were needed by up2date it wouldn't allow it saying i needed to have at least RPM 4.0.2 & i had only 4.0.0 I had asked the question in an earlier post about the upgrading of the program. You would think it would have been straight forward (i did too) but i struck problems. I was getting errors like the following
+ [ -f /var/lib/rpm/Packages -a -f /var/lib/rpm/packages.rpm ]
+ exit 1
execution of rpm-4.0.2-6x script failed, exit status 1
Now right or wrong (I'd be definately saying wrong) i messed & prodded & rpm -e rpm as root until my end result is now a machine without a RPM package. haha....
Now once you pull yourself together from laughing at this i now need some advice. Except for this problem i have caused myself all other programs/services on the machine run smoothly. Am i now face with compiling it myself? What i have tried doing is this. I have download the latest verion from rpm.org
(rpm-4.0.4.i386.tar.gz). When you decompress this version it just gives you binaries that you just copy to the specified locations. There is no configuring & making it..
Do you think if i do an upgrade to 7.2 & choose custom would be the best option now. I think i have dug too deep a hole because it is complaining about db1 missing & db3 ldconfig missing.
What i am wondering is if i choose an upgrade to say glibc,rpm,perl & kernel all my other packages with the exception of dependencies to the packages upgrades would remain the same. Would a minimal upgrade work. Even when trying to compile other versions of RPM (4.0.2 & 3) i am getting make errors..
If you upgrade rpm,glibc,perl and the kernel you probably get so many problems with deps that you might as well reinstall new.You might wanna check with the RH website if you can find any info regarding upgrade from 6 to 7series.
But i doubt there will be a lot of info.
I am no expert, but if I was you I would backup all the config files and such. Do a reinstall of the OS and replace the files. You might wnat to try to make a tarball of the entire system and them after the reinstall unpack the tarball.