[techtalk] RedHat newbie question

Robert Kiesling kiesling at localhost.ix.netcom.com
Sat Dec 18 21:01:20 EST 1999

Nicole Zimmerman <colby at wsu.edu> wrote:

> This (I think) would be the easiest way to get stuff on there that you
> didn't catch the first time (without trying to figure out which package
> does what off of your install CD to do it manually). :o)

The advantage of using package management software at all is that the
package information will tell you what other package dependencies
there are.  In the case of rpm, the software will also tell you if the
package or packages are already installed (which you can usually

Also, in the case of rpm, the software will install multiple packages
in the correct order.  So, for example, the person doing the
installation can simply cd to the RPMS directory on the CD-ROM and
type "rpm -i gcc*" and the entire compiler system should be
installed from the correct package files....

I believe that command also installs development libraries and
headers, but I'm using rpm with Caldera, so I don't know about that.

There's also glint, a graphical front end to rpm, which I hear is 
pretty good.  


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