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Old 10-14-2003, 06:16 PM   #1
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Libs and real-world use...


To skip the lenthy BACKGROUND story, scroll down to END BACKGROUND.

I have an old Pentium 233 MHz system that I'm using to write to this very list. The system base OS is RedHat 7.2. The CD-ROM drive no longer works, so I can't really upgrade the OS through normal means. When I initially installed RedHat 7.2 I made the horrible mistake of only installing the user OS (so I'm missing most of the *-devel rpms). Too late to kick myself now. Then I actually started to use this system more often (I have Linux computers at work that I administer through this one). So, Pentium 233 is PAINFULLY slow using Gnome or KDE (which I prefer on my P4 at work).

I compiled fluxbox and have Mozilla Firebird running - and the system isn't horrible - it's running about as well as it used to run Windows 98SE2 (back two years ago)...

Currently, to compile the latest GAIM - I've had to chase down this stuff (I'm not done yet either). 0.71
Blows up requiring glib-2 - glib-2.2.3
Blows up requiring pkgconfig 0.15.0
Blows up requiring GetText
<<GNU MIRROR>>/gettext 0.12.1
Blows up requring glib (still)... damn - libglib-1.2 still in /usr/lib (ahhh - library hell)


I have fluxbox and the gnome user apps that came with RedHat 7.2 - and I'm starting to compile other tools. Is there a listing of "the most common libraries needed by source packages" that I should go and get? And more importantly - how to install them so that other packages will be able to find them without major collisions.

( Note that I post my frustration without insulting the O.S.)

Old 10-14-2003, 07:21 PM   #2
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" how to install them so that other packages will be able to find them without major collisions."

You are going to go through many frustrating install sessions before you get a decent development system set up. By far the easiest way to do that is to install the Red Hat development package from CD.

Since your CD is kaput I suggest that you try cleaning the head and see if it comes back to life. If that doesn't work you can get a new plain Jane CD-ROM for about $20 and less than that for a second hand one at a computer junkyard.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites
Old 10-14-2003, 07:31 PM   #3
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I was afraid of an answer like that - actually it seems to be with the actual IDE bus itself (I think). I've tried multiple CD-ROM units and none of them will work. Then again - I may have messed up a configuration file somewhere. I never bothered posting that part on the Hardware forum.

I suppose I may be able to SMB mount the CD from somewhere - it may be enought that I can download all the -devel RPMs.


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