First of all, how did you install Redhat 7.1? More than likely you let it perform an automatic install for you. I did this the first few times I installed it just to get an idea of what was installed and how it was installed. However, I found that when I let the Redhat install itself rather than select the individual packages I had this problem. Unless I did something wrong, it never gave me what I needed to install other packages. I've only been installing the server.
The way I like to install it is to select the type install, ie workstation or server, server in my case. Then I select the option where I can select individual packages so I may be getting the best of both worlds, maybe not. I've only installed the OS once or twice using the full custom method and not selecting a type install , ie workstation or server. When I selected the packages using the select individual packages method I was able to make the installation files and install anything I wanted just fine and it actually ran too.
During the last two months I may have become a Linux server installation guru, because that's all I did with it. Install , download a package make the installation set then install it checked to see if it worked then blew it all away and tried it again using different options. I must have installed Linux server 60 times or more. Although I have not performed an upgrade yet, perhaps the way to add the packages you need is to perform an upgrade and see if it allows you to select individual packages to install. If so you will be able to add the packages that you are lacking. So make a list of the errors you received during the install of the program you are attempting, you will see these individual packages during the install if you select the option to select individual packages. Also when you do this let it check for dependancies and install the dependant packages.
I would highly recommend you do the same and while performing the select individual packages install method read the information on each package and whatit is used for. This is time consumming may take you about 3 - 4 hours to install the Linux, but at least you will know what all of the packages are for and what you need to install. The only way to really learn it is to tear it apart, this will help you in the long run as well. I started out with Unix, Lynx, Xenix, and QNX. Then migrated to Windows about 5 years ago, silly me. I did the same with windows NT workstation and server and learned it very well. Now I am learning Linux in the same manner.
By the way what in particular are you trying to install?
Good Luck and please let me know if this has helped. The next best way to learn is to help others. That's why this site is so great. Ya get help when you need it and everyone is very very nice and willing to help!!! So when you learn something please contribute to other newbies yourself.
PS. Please read and understand the whole post before making judgement or inappropriate comments.
Last edited by Tijoux; 01-20-2002 at 11:57 AM.