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PDAOmega 07-21-2004 06:10 PM

Updating Packages
Hello. I just installed Red Hat 8.0 (I know, it's old) on my PC and I'm having all sorts of trouble... the Red Hat Network thing doesn't want to work anymore but that's not the big problem.

I'm trying to find out what packages and things I need to update. I've tried updating things like glibb and the kernel but those always tell me I need newer versions of compliers(?) to update those, and when I try to install the newer compilers they say I need the new version of the other tool that I can't upgrade until I get a new version of the compilers... yeah, it goes around in a circle, sorry.

So is there anything I can do to make life easier without installing Windows back on this PC?

*Edited to fix spelling errors.

jschiwal 07-21-2004 06:46 PM

I thought I would preface my response with a precaution. Changing the compiler and glibc versions is no small matter. You may want to wait until more people respond to this message before going ahead. An alternative would be to down load a newer version of Red Hat if available and select to upgrade your system. This way your settings will be preserved, and future dependency options will be avoided.

Another alternative would be to download older versions of the programs you want to install.


One thing you could try is to use packages instead to upgrade what you need. Make sure you have all the packages to satisfy the dependencies, and have them located in the same directory. Then try to install them as a group, I.E. each .rpm file listed as arguments. Use file-name completion to include the complete file names.

If that doesn't work, you could use the force option to ignore dependencies.

You may be able to do the same thing using kpackage.


Mundi 07-21-2004 07:04 PM

I recommend you to install Slackware10 with WM like blackbox/fluxbox/icewm on old PC. I have old PI-200mhz, 32mb RAM, SiS6320 PCI video adapter and 1GB HDD with Slack10 installed. Its much faster than Win98 on same PC. And.. Slackware do not have much GUI configuration tools, it not so easy to configure it at first time. i think. Good luck.

PDAOmega 07-21-2004 07:31 PM

I have a 1.2 gighz PC with 256mb RAM, and a 37 GB HDD... I don't think this computer is THAT, it still does what I need it to do.

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