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Old 09-15-2004, 02:43 PM   #1
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Updating Linux


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I hav been using RHL9 for quiet sometime now. I just love it. Now how do i update it to the latest. No, i am not taking about updating to RHEL or WS. Whenever i try to install a new software, it exits saying a long list of files it needs b4 it can b installed (dependencies). I am using RHL9 that came in CDs.No major upgrades as yet. I am sure there must b one sofware bundle i must download that will bring my box to b latest,atleast the core to latest(apart from kernel). I don't want to upgrade the kernel. I am ready to do tar, make, make install, etc.
Recently i downloaded apt from fedora legacy & did a apt-get. I suppose it was downloading or installing or both gcc when the connection between my computer & my ISP broke. Although i could restart the connection the apt didn't restart. I think it was continously looping and isn't progressing. after restarting the comp. my XMMS audio player got corrupted & it didn't play music as b4. Is there a way to solve this problem.

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Old 09-15-2004, 02:53 PM   #2
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If I were you, I'd download fedora core 2 and upgrade to that, it's basically red hat 11

I believe it can do an upgrade, but you might be better off backing up /home and doing a fresh install.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 03:28 PM   #3
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in Red Hat and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 03:46 AM   #4
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Hi,
I don't want to upgrade or a fresh install of FC2, since Redhat is supposedly testing its new product on us for its usability to enterprise users. I don't want to b a guinea pig here. All the software that is packed by Redhat into RHL9 is also available from a source web-site such as gnome.org has GNOME & i belive that X, ximian evolution,gcc,etc r avilable as tar balls for download in some web-site. All i wanted to know was where is it & what do i need to upgrade. Any pointers to it? I have tons of important data in it. I don't want to lose it with a simple install. I am quite comfortable with RHL9, my only problem being new software installation is not working fine b'cos of dependencies so what do i need to upgrade or patch up.

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Old 09-16-2004, 06:51 AM   #5
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I would install either YUM or Apt4Rpm - both will go off to the net, find the packages you need and resolve dependencies. My favourite was Apt, but both work in a very similar way.
 
Old 09-16-2004, 01:54 PM   #6
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Hi,
I don't like the option of APT or YUM for 2 reasons:
  • I am on a dial-up & not on broad-band
  • The connection ISP provides is unreliable.
AFAIK an incomplete apt-get leaves the system corrupted. This is from my previous experience when i did an apt-get & due to incomplete apt-get (i killed the process b'cos it was taking to much of time.) i lost my XMMS player. In short i find APT or YUM is not suitable on dial-up connection, its taking too-much time to complete. As my 2nd reason says the connection is unreliable. During my previous apt-get the connection with ISP was cut, even after reconnecting the apt-get didn't show any progress, probably it trying at an unavailable port, i don't know( this is another reason why i had to kill the process). Another reasons why i don't like apt is it doesn't restart where i left it at previous attempt, it restarts all over again.
In short i prefer to wget -c URL then resolve the dependencies & install myself. wget gives an option of restart where it was last left, even if the process was killed pre-emptively. What i needed to know here is what r the packages(tarr balls) i need to download to stay updated. As you might know any software downloaded from web when tried to install says u need this, that, etc.

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Old 09-16-2004, 02:33 PM   #7
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Go to the Red Hat website, they give you a list of the latest exploits and security problems. You can then download the packages they list. As far as just keeping programs up to the latest version number, you need to hit their websites and find out if there is anything in the more recent updates you need. Eg: GAIM needs updating everytime MSN/AOL/Yahoo change their protocols. OOo probably only needs an update when a particular version has a function you need.
 
  


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