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Old 06-25-2003, 07:04 AM   #1
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System organization help

hello y'all

I have a question about managing packages. As a newbie I'm very confused about what the different directoires mean and what packages I have actually installed. I've been trying to add the alsa sound card driver but when I ran ./configure I got and error saying that I was missing gcc which I believe is the c compiler. Anyway I thought I'd try adding this by using the add/remove programs utility in redhat but when I tried to do that it said I was missing a package that I believe is called krb5-libs2.10 (not exactly the right name). What I realized is that I have a newer version of this, .14 instead of .10. Does this mean that I can no longer use this utility and if so how should I keep my system clean and organized? thanks
Old 06-26-2003, 02:58 AM   #2
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Ahh, dependancy problems, the bane of redhat installations. This is what I usually do, not having the redhat CD's on hand:

Go to, download the RPM that I need (gcc for redhat 9 in your case).
Try to install it ( rpm -Uvh filename.rpm ). When it errors out, write down what other RPM's it's expecting, and go to and find those, download, wash, rinse, repeat. I find that if I end up going more than 3 depths down trying to resolve dependencies, I just give up and reinstall, and click the "install everything" button. Your mileage may vary.

In short, yes, you're missing gcc. The configure script (./configure) figures out what kind of system environment it should expect when it comes time to compile. The first thing a lot of configure scripts check is whether or not gcc exists. If not, it doesn't bother trying to figure out how to compile something.

If you can download a binary package for your card (one that requires no compilation), that would be a good bet. Search redhat's site, see if there's anything available there on it.

If you get frustrated with dependancies, consider debian or gentoo.
Old 06-28-2003, 07:03 PM   #3
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Use the add software packages tool (or "redhat-config-packages" from a terminal) and selected 'kernel development' from the package manager.
This will install the C compiler with some other development stuff.


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