botched upgrade: is this a good fix?
heya, i attempted to have swaret update my slack 9.0 to get all the 9.1 packages, but some dependency issues or glitchy packages that i cannot pin down have caused massive problems. i had just recently gotten the 2.6.0test6-mm1 kernel to work, but then when i upgraded the packages it broke my xterm, rxvt and konsole. broke means the following: xterm and rxvt won't run under fluxbox and konsole spawns (in some cases thousands of them) zombie processes out the ass when i have a root shell issuing commands.
my idea for fixing this would be to uninstall all the packages on this box and then get the source for the various things i need and recompile it all from scratch, with only what i need. i'll make a point of using checkinstall to allow for removal of installed sources. does this seem like a really bad idea? if i do this, i'll make certain to backup all my stuff on CD-RW. also, is there a suggested order of operations if i do this? should i get the newer gcc first?
i know this is a LFS sort of question, but i'd just like to find a way around having to get the new slackware iso and then reinstall to fix my botched packages. so recompiling things from source seems like a good thing to do, although it may be complicating.
thx for reading,