RedHat 4.1 HD install comps errors

I'm trying to install RedHat 4.1. I've downloaded the base  files onto my DOS partition at c:\redhat\base, and the base
series files to c:\redhat\rpms. When checking which packages are available, the base files are passed, but all other
lines in comps are errored with 'package <name> at line
<no> dne'. And after going through *every* line (~600) in
comps it tries looking at the RPMS dbase. Then it says  'Fatal error opening RPMS database'. What is wrong here?
I downloaded all files using ftp binary mode transfer.
The files in the c:\redhat\rpms are named eg setup-1.rpm,
filesyst.rpm, etc. to fit DOS 8.3 format (ie truncated and
file type extension set to .rpm).
wbond031497Asked:
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xtermConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You skipped the instimage dir (I think that's the name,
I have it on a DOS Fat16 8.3 filesystem too, so it's
truncated -- if that eases your mind a little.)

My redhat directory comprises:
base
rpms
instim~1

And of course you want to mirror the structure below them,
not just get the top directory of each.  I painstakingly
recreated each directory under those and was rewarded with
a relatively simple install free of dne, or 'do not exist's
(with the exception of TeX, LaTeX, Emacs etc. which I didn't
bother with.)

Oh, VERY important.  Make sure your whole distribution came
from the same place.  I got BURNED by d/ling RPMS from elsewhere
to fill in holes.

Good Luck
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