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how to install or upgrade packages

Posted on 1997-12-24
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i am using redhat 3.0.3 with RPM-2.0.3-1 on 486 PC, i tried to install telnet-0.10-2.i386.rpm (strangely telnet was not installed on initial system installation) with 'rpm -i' command and get this message:
 only packages with major numbers <= 2 are supported by this version of RPM

so i thought I need to upgrade RPM first then i download
rpm-2.0.11-1.i386.rpm and try to install it with 'rpm -U' command and get this:
/bin/rpm conflicts with file from rpm-2.0.3-1
/usr/bin/gendiff conflicts with file from rpm-2.0.3-1
/usr/bin/rpm2cpio conflicts with file from rpm-2.0.3-1
/usr/bin/rpmconvert conflicts with file from rpm-2.0.3-1
/usr/man/man8/rpm.8 conflicts with file from rpm-2.0.3-1
 error: rpm-2.0.11-1.i386.rpm cannot be installed

do this mean i need to get source code and compile it by myself in order to upgrade RPM and how?i check all the RPM book and no one talking about how to upgrade packages and the problems probably happening like my case, which i think it's normal.
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Question by:smiley020999
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demiurg earned 50 total points
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rpm (especially first versions) is somehow lame (not to say
sucks badly). If I were you I would just say "what the f.."
and run rpm -U --force rpm<blah-blah>.rpm
and ...
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