Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 12:01:10 -0600 From: Ivo Penzar <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: RH x.x & rpm install question There is a very nice and useful "RPM Web Repository": http://rufus.w3.org/linux/RPM provided by W3C and MIT. It lists all the Red Hat rpm packages, sorted by distributions, and whether do they belong to "official", "update", "contrib", etc., directories. However, it's not just another FTP mirror. For every package you can check its name, size, vendor, date...; you can check which libraries are required (i.e., dependencies), and you can check which packages (sorted by distributions) would provide those libraries as required. E.g., suppose that you have RH 5.0 and you want to install netscape.communicator*.rpm: First, go to the "RPM sorted by name" page and find the netscape-communicator-4.04-3.rpm As you can see, it is available both for 4.2 and 5.0 distributions (pay attention to the colors on the right: green represents 5.0, brown 4.2). Click on the green. Now you see the basic info about this package (there is also a link to download the package), and you can see which other resources (libraries) are required. E.g., libm.so.5 library is required. Click on its link, and now you'll find the different packages (libc-126.96.36.199-i386.rpm, libc-5.4.38-1.i386.rpm, etc.) helpful to provide this particular package, sorted again by distributions (and shown in different colors). This way you can check all the ten resources (libraries) required for the netscape-communicator*.rpm. You'll find that five or six another packages are needed to fulfill the dependencies as required. You should check whether your distribution CD contains those packages, and whether they are already installed or not. Always use the rpm package manager (glint is not of much help, if any). Read the rpm man pages... In some cases you would need to force (--force) rpm to install the particular package, maybe even neglecting its dependencies (--nodeps). Be careful. Of course, first download the missing packages. Ivo -- PLEASE read the Red Hat FAQ, Tips, Errata and the MAILING LIST ARCHIVES! http://www.redhat.com/RedHat-FAQ /RedHat-Errata /RedHat-Tips /mailing-lists To unsubscribe: mail firstname.lastname@example.org with "unsubscribe" as the Subject. Problems should be addressed to <email@example.com>.