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Old 02-03-2004, 08:36 PM   #1
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updating libraries, etc


In order to install a few applications I am told that I need to do what seems to me (since I've never done it before) major overhauling. (I have an i686 machine running KDE 1.1.2, XFREE86 3.3.6 other fine things on the Linux kernel 2.2.14.)

To install one application, I need to update my glibc (which I understand includes the gcc libraries). To install another application I am told that I need to install Qt libraries. And to install the ALSA driver for my sound card (to hopefully enable sound recording), according to Roderick Smith's book Linux Power Tools, the first thing I need to do is recompile my kernel.

This all sounds quite scary, especially since I don't really have the time to reinstall everything should something go wrong. (And the documentation, at least for installing the glibc libraries, makes it pretty clear that something probably will go wrong (:-).)

(My machine is an IBM ThinkPad that came with Caldera Open Linux pre-installed.)

Given all this basic spadework that needs to be done, is there a preferred order in which to do it? For example, should the glibc libraries be updated first, then the kernel recompiled, and then add the Qt libraries?

Any pointers much appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2004, 10:28 PM   #2
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" is there a preferred order in which to do it?"

No. The three upgrades that you are doing are independent of each other. Although possibly the new Qt may need the new glibc. If so then install the new glibc first.

"And to install the ALSA driver for my sound card (to hopefully enable sound recording), according to Roderick Smith's book Linux Power Tools, the first thing I need to do is recompile my kernel."

When you recompile the kernel you should install the new kernel as a second kernel and dual boot the two kernels until the new kernel is stable.

"To install another application I am told that I need to install Qt libraries"

KDE and Qt are mutually interdependent. If you upgrade Qt then almost certainly you will have to upgrade KDE to the version compatible with your new Qt version.

"(And the documentation, at least for installing the glibc libraries, makes it pretty clear that something probably will go wrong (:-).)"

It is not so much that something will probably go wrong. It is the bad consequences of a botched glibc update. With a glibc update if something goes wrong then the vast majority of your programs stop working and it is hard to reverse your way out of the problem. So back up your system before you do it and have a way worked out to restore a non running system.

Given the age of your Linux system and the size of the changes you want to make I think you should give serious consideration to a complete install of a current Linux distribution. It would not be any more work and you will get everything upgraded to the latest version.

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