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Old 02-11-2004, 09:39 AM   #1
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Best way to get newest versions on RH9?

Hi all,

I have a stable RH9 installation, running as a server:


I want to keep up to date with software. i.e. I'd like to use the latest Apache, and the latest PHP (well, 4.3.3 anyway). More specifically, I need to use the latest version of the GD module so that I can use the JPGraph functionality on my website.

I've had a frustrating day. I can compile PHP but it doesn't create the .SO module for apache; I can compile the GD module but phpinfo() stil lshows an old version (1.6.2, even though the RPM i1 1.8.x).

I'm a total newbie, so even getting successful compiles was a surprise!

What's the best way to get later versions of this stuff? Compiling has given me no success. Should I try a different distro? Fedora looks carey, and the Enterprise versions are pricey. I've looked around for RH9 rpm files of the later version but couldn't find anything.

Am I clutching at straws here?

All suggestions welcome!

Old 02-11-2004, 11:52 AM   #2
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Hi jimwillsher!!!

You might want to use apt-get for Redhat. Apt-get is a package manager, initially create for Debian and today ported to many other distributions, as Redhat.

How it works?

By simply typing apt-get install <name of the program>, apt-get will connect to a server and download all packages necessary to install a program, including the dependencies and install it for you. Examples:

apt-get install mplayer

will install mplayer with all codecs and gui support. It's nice. It can also upgrade a package:

apt-get upgrade apache

or your hole distribution:

apt-get dist-upgrade

The server list is located at /etc/apt, meaning that if you really want to have the latest unstable Redhat packages, you simply add the server there. Get this babe here:

then type:

apt-get update

The command above updates apt-get server list (/etc/apt/). Make sure to always update it when adding/removing a server from there. Then happy updating:

apt-get upgrade apache
apt-get upgrade php

Old 02-11-2004, 12:53 PM   #3
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Yep i totally agree with Megaman X!

And if you want a nice and good GUI-interface you can use
Synaptic that uses apt-get.

I use it all the time it works perfect
I think you can find instructions how to do at

Old 02-11-2004, 01:38 PM   #4
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Hi Megaman X and zinic,

Fantastic! Thank you !!!!

I have had a steep learning curve over the last few weeks, and I'm very much finding my feet with Linux. I was a little perturbed to find out that RH9 was quite far behind in the RPMs, hence my question. But this looks to be the baby!

I'll give it a whirl tomorrow from work (hehe, why else go to work?) and take it from there.

Much appreciated folks!

Old 03-19-2004, 05:34 PM   #5
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yo dudes...awesome. i need to upgrade php too and apt-get is so freakin easy
Old 03-22-2004, 04:27 PM   #6
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