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Old 11-17-2003, 12:49 AM   #1
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Problems installing Samba -- is it me?

I'm more or less giving up for now. I have a laptop running RH 7.2 that had been used as a server for a special project that's now over. Now I wanted to use it as a more general-purpose server, so I tried to install Samba on it so it could interface with Windows PCs on my network.

I have several different copies of RH 7.2 (one from Red Hat, others that were included in Linux books I bought). They all have different Samba RPMs, none of which will load on my system. They all get errors due to unmatched dependencies -- all different.

My question is, am I doing something dumb? Or is it that Linux with its many independently-developed ancillary subsystems is just not really ready for someone who wants to use it and not play with it?
Old 11-17-2003, 02:39 AM   #2
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Don't give up Linux... give up Red Hat.

RPMs are the worst packaging system I've ever used. You'd be better off with other distros.
Old 11-17-2003, 02:55 AM   #3
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What you're experiencing is called "dependency hell". If you've got a network connection for that computer (preferably broadband) then get yourself something called apt4rpm. It will automatically figure out and install dependencies.


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