Wednesday Feb 02, 2005

Redhat Distros and specific RHEL 3.0/4.0 packages

Hey guys, If you don't have the user account to access to the Redhat network (RHN), you can fetch the source product from : http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/updates/enterprise/

and compile the product by yourself then make the installation.

Also from this folder http://ftp.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/updates/ you can update (following same idea) most of the Redhat Distros.

Of course this idea is perfect for a single package...

 What is the Redhat Network ?

It's the single way to download and update your RHEL Distro.

You can download new ISOs, new packages, or use the "up2date" command to update/upgrade your installed operating system.

Note: ISOs and the pre-compiled packages are not available to the public.

This is a comercial product and you'll only have access to the Redhat products by using an official account (eg. licence).

See http://www.redhat.com/software/rhn/ to get an overview about the Redhat Network.

The RPM command

Some comments about my Sunsolve document Infodoc:

"How to Install a Package Under Sun[TM] Linux (LX50), Redhat AS 2.1 and 3.0, Suse Linux ES"

 This is very important to understand that this should apply to all RPM package installer enabled operating systems.

(See the systems we do support : http://www.sun.com/software/linux/)

For example, using any SUSE Distro, you'll probably try to maintain your installation using the GUI tool named YAST/YAST2 but the things to know is that it will manipulate the system packages using the native RPM commands.

That will be the same for "\*drake tools" from Mandiva distro or any Gnome RPM management tools. So if you've got a single package to install, you'll probably save some precious time by using the shell console and the relevant RPM commands. By using the shell you'll start to understand what's going on.

References:

http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-61-204547-1

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPM_Package_Manager


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Principal Systems Technologist Engineer for Oracle Global IT. Sun Microsystems software and hardware specialist. I am based in Spain but currently manage projects and systems around the world. I am very often involved to mentor the new engineers joining the forces of Oracle. I come from the Linux sysadmin world... and will be definitively thankfulness for all the great things I've been learning the past 15 years...

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