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redhat installation problem

Posted on 1999-07-10
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I'm adding Redhat 6.0 to my Win98 system (CD installation to my second harddisk).  I've made it to the part where you start configuring the system (after the packages were installed).
My problem is this:  Before the "Configure Mouse" dialog, I saw shared lib error (I think), and even if I use the "Menu" option to continue the installation, nothing works (except "Configure printer").
What do I do?
Question by:joles
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Expert Comment

ID: 1629482
What kind of installation did you select? Workstation or multimedia(home).
Since you have not completed an installation, it will not hurt to run the installation program from the beginning by starting over.

Author Comment

ID: 1629483
I chose Custom Installation.

Here is the error message after the packages were installed:

error loading shared libraries. cannot open shared object files. no such file or directory.

I hope you can help.


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ID: 1629484
I've tried installing Redhat again using the Workstation option, same error message after the package installation.  

I'm sorry but I'll need a better answer than yours.
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Expert Comment

ID: 1629485
Maybe the fact that you're installing Linux on the second HD is giving you trouble.

 Usually Linux should be your primary OS, being lower OSes (such as Windows) being installed as secondary.

 It wouldn't be a bad idea to swap your hard-disks so that the boot-up one is the one hosting Linux. Actually you gotta do that for LILO to be loaded and then letting you choose which OS you want to boot-up.

 By the way... IS this your first time with Linux? I'd suggest you to pick up Slackware 4.0, not Red Hat... It's much superior in therms of stability and maintenance.



Author Comment

ID: 1629486
Thanks for the reply.  I'll try repartitioning the first hard disk before I install linux again.  

I've worked with Slackware linux before (sometime in 1996), so I'm not a Linux newbie.  Now that I've seen lots of useful applications for linux, I've decided to install Linux again, but using Redhat (I wanted to try the package manager).

I'll release the points when I get the installation to work.

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EatEmAndSmile earned 400 total points
ID: 1629487
I've experimented the package manager and believe, it's not worth. Actually what you get when you try installing your software through those files is a mess that you can't bear.

 I'd suggest you to do the following:

1) Swap your hard-drives, letting the Win98 one as the slave disk;
2) Install your favourite Linux distribution on the master disk;
3) Install LILO on the master disk's "Master Boot Record", so it will load when you boot-up and that's when you'll be able to choose which OS you want to start with;
4) Mount your slave disk under Linux with a name like '/windows' or '/fat32' so you can access your Windows files while on Linux. This is very useful, specially to uncompress files that WinZip still can't handle.

 Good luck!



Author Comment

ID: 1629488
I've done as you suggested.  Imade my second hard drive as master, then installed Redhat.  Same error message.  Any more ideas?

Expert Comment

ID: 1629489
Where did you get your RH distribution? There's a chance it could be damaged... Looks like the setup program actually can't find a specific file on the media... By the way, are you installing from a CD?

Author Comment

ID: 1629490
You're right.  Someone in our local LUG said that my copy was not working.  So, I've decided to just install RH5.2 until I get a new RH6 copy (or something better).

I'm giving you the points.  Thanks for your time.


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