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Old 12-31-2003, 07:59 AM   #1
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Red Hat 9.0

Hi, basically, I installed Red Hat 7 a while ago from CD and I want to download 9.0 to upgrade it. I've had a look at the FTP sites but there's over a lot of files to download (hundreds). While this isn't a problem in terms of download time, I'm not sure how I'd know which to put onto which CD once I'd downloaded them. Alternatively I could download "Red Hat 9.0 Disk 1" etc of kazaa lite. Any suggestions would be very much apprecioated. Thanks -- Thom

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Old 12-31-2003, 08:42 AM   #2
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I upgraded from RH7.3 to RH9.0 using up2date. I did it more or less in the following manner:

1) downloaded redhat-release-9-3.i386.rpm and installed it with rpm -Uvh
2) ran up2date -p to update my redhat network profile
3) ran up2date -l to get list of required rpms, capturing the output in a file
4) wrote a bash script to parse the list from 3) to download the required rpms with wget from the nearest redhat mirror to a local directory. Actually I did it at work where I get better bandwidth and wrote them to CD.
5) ran up2date -k<local rpm depository> -u to update packages.

I would say the procedure was relatively smooth. There were about 50 additional packages which 5) downloaded which were not identified by 3). Also, to get things to work properly (they did "work"), there were a few additional packages needed -- I believe they were gnome packages. I believe somewhere along the way I ad to update the kernel using rpm with the --justdb option (the stock kernel does not work on my system). And a bit of cleanup afterwards -- cleaning up some obsolete package threads which I did not need -- and cleaning up my /usr/local/lib installs where I had glib2 for 7.3, but were superceded by the RH9.0 release.

Note, the reason I downloaded identified required rpms before up2date was to jumpstart the process. Downloads from the RH network can be slow (often 5 kb/sec for me), while I could get them at work from the nearest mirror at 500 kb/sec and throw them all on a CD. I did not want the up2date process to stall in the middle, leaving an unstable system -- it didn't. Also, the standard caveat -- back your system up first. I keep a dual boot system with alternative mirrored partitions for /, /boot, /usr, and /var (with /home, /usr/local, /usr/src and other partitions being shared). Good Luck. (For me, the next thing I need to figure out is how to move this system to fedora, since the standard redhat is going away, and I presume up2date.)

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Old 12-31-2003, 10:04 AM   #3
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This might go better in the Redhat forum.....not sure.

Anyway, Go to Redhat's website and look at their mirrors page.

You can see the ones that have ISO images (CD Images). I would just download the ISO's and burn CD's from them. Then you can have all of what you need all of the time. I would only burn the first 3 CD's (if they show all 6).

Here is the Redhat Mirror page :

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thanks for the second post, the first was abit complicated, whats the difference between the first and second 3 .iso files? also, what do i do with the small MD5SUM file?
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Old 01-01-2004, 07:06 AM   #6
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The md5sum is used to check your download against the 'good' copy on the server. Run MD5Summer against the iso you download and check the output against the md5sum on the website. If they are the same, the download is good.

The first 3 isos are the install disks. The second 3 tend to be the source files of various packages.

To add to Whitehat's comments, RH9 is a good system but it is going end of life soon. The successor to it is Fedora - follow the links on the Redhat website to get to the isos.

Another way to updrade is to install apt4rpm, change the source list so that it points to RH9 repositories and then issue apt-get dist-upgrade. As a warning though, any upgrade over the top of another install has it's problems - files live elsewhere, some things are uninstalled and any broken packages you have will be upgraded (probably still broken though). A clean install would be the best/easiest way to go.

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hi, im writing this from my newly installed, broadband enabled Red Hat 9.0 just to say thaks alot to everyone that helped. -- Thom


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