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Seeing red... hats.

After working literally from sunset to sunrise on the matter, I have determined the following:

Fedora Linux Core-1 is an utter piece of shit.

I run a fresh install on my target machine, then go to run 'up2date' or 'yum' to get the latest updates from the network, and no matter what I do, It refuses to do any updates, but instead continually complains about an "Unresolvable chain of dependencies." I got it down to only one unresolvable chain, where the initscripts package conflicts with kbd. If I could remove one or the other, I should make it go forward, and get the correct packages. But initscripts is depended on by a zillion things, and kbd just utterly fails to remove with an rpm -e.

I am in RPM hell.

You would THINK that with only one released stable core, that Fedora would put in a microscopic effort to make sure that you can, oh, say, actually run updates on it.

If this is an indication of how Fedora's going to handle updates, then there's no way in hell I'm going to use them.

Grrr. This is turning a half day of downtime on my server into a possible multi-day outage.

I need to sleep now.


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Mar. 20th, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
Let me guess: Red Hat has been hiring their marketing and programming staff from Microsoft?
Mar. 20th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC)
If you end up using something other than Fedora, let me know? April's coming up fast, and I'll need to put some other OS on Arctic (the SGI 1100 in the rack) before too long. Darn Red Hat dropping support for the common fox... foxes that paid for updates, for that matter.
Mar. 20th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
See, it's things like this that convince me I'm doing the right thing using Slackware and doing everything manually };>.

I'm told that Debian is pretty good from this point of view as well (doesn't obsequiously decide what you want to do, like Red Hat, but will hide much of the underpinnings if you don't want to do it, and has a package system more sophisticated than Slackware's "tar").

Your mileage may vary. Just never did get along well with Red Hat myself.
Mar. 20th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
After getting five hours of sleep, I looked at it again, and realized that this issue is almost certainly caused by my preserving the old /var partition from RedHat 7.2, causing the RPM database to get very confused.

I'm trying another reinstall after rectifying this.
Mar. 20th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
I stuck with 8.0, and moved my support contract to Progeny. FYI.
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