Originally posted by Laptop2250
So how does the installer install those rpm's?
Because you have RPM
installed, you can install files. You just can't compile
any files because you don't have a C-Compiler. What I'm saying is that you can either download all the dependencies and specify them on the command-line (i.e. rpm -ivh somerpm.1.2.3.i386.rpm anotherrpm.1.3.5.i386.rpm etc) and it'll install all of them in the correct order, or you can let "up2date" do the work for you. What you have to understand is that just because you want to install GCC doesn't mean you just install GCC. There are other, underlying requirements, such as kernel-sources, etc which must be installed either before or at the same time. And discovering what additional files/applications you need to install to meet all the dependencies and sub-dependencies can get to be a real headache! It sometimes seems easier to reinstall with *everything* but if you use up2date and are installing common apps like a c-compiler, you shouldn't have to go to that extreme.