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well you must already have a working version on there, it's just trying to update to a newer version.
one thing you can do is to try the up2date gui, it will let you pick which updates to install and you could update everything that works. Then you could try to fix the pearl update. Maybe it was just a bad download. If you remove the files from /var/spool/up2date you can download it again.
Ok, I'm running rh8 and I've tried all the up2date stuff rh suggested, including the "no deps" thing, and I haven't been able to complete registration... I get "error registering server name" . Furthermore, with recent downloads of ANYTHING either rpm or .tar, I see the package on my screen but when I try to move or open any of these files, the computer doesn't recognize them! H-E-L-P!
oh, ok. Now, back to my issue.... I do appreciate your being around, and I'd like to know what I can to to enable my system to upgrade, especially so I can a: get my new printer to working via CUPS,
b: get my media players (xmms) and (xplayer) to work.
thanks for all suggestions.
That means, that the information we get from you is pretty inaccurate and not helpful upon analyzing your problem(s). Some time ago you wrote you get an input/output error upon reading up2date's config file. Then you didn't pay attention to what DavidPhillips asked you to enter. And now RPM saves up2date's config file, so you don't lose it upon erasing the up2date packages. You can keep the up2date.rpmsave file and restore it after you have installed up2date again. Or you can delete it and configure up2date from scratch. RPM tries to be helpful, so you don't lose changes in config files.
Anyway, before you install up2date again, you should visit your Red Hat Network account at https://rhn.redhat.com and get rid of old system profiles. Make sure you have a free entitlement before trying to register your machine again.