Building ISO or at least updating install from SRPMs (RHAS3.0)

I have the SRPMs for RHAS3.0, ideally I would create the ISO images (rather than pay four figures for a license, when all I want to do is experiment with Oracle on it), but otherwise I want to be able to create the RPMs for all 677 SRPMs, and build a 3.0 system from it.

I've done a lot of RPM'ing, and a bit of doing individual SRPM -> RPM and install; I've even done a rare kernel upgrade from scratch, but this seems like a big job.

I somehow know I'm going to run into a bunch of dependency problems, etc.

So if there's a intermediate to advanced howto for doing this, that would be great. I could do this from another RH install, such as 9.0 or RHAS2.1.

Thanks.
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jlevieCommented:
Do you really need 3.0 AS for your Oracle experimentation? I'd guess that 3.0 ES should serve unless you need to run on a multi-processor system with more than two CPU's. 3.0 ES is considerably less expensive.

I've not had the oportunity to play with 3.0 AS yet, but I can state that at least some the packages for 3.0 ES aren't built on a 3.0 ES system. In some cases the 'rpmbuild' of an SRPM requires a package that isn't furnished with 3.0 ES and in one case it requires an earlier version of Mozilla. So it would seem that the build environment isn't 3.0, at least as we know it.
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rjbrylaAuthor Commented:
Yes, I'm a bit ahead of the curve, but all of Oracle's products are only fully certified on the AS versions of the products. Right now, 9.x is only certified on 2.1AS, and I'm sure it will soon be the same on 3.0AS.

I assume that ES would be fine, in practice, but I can't get the ISOs "free" for that one either, much less the SRPMs.

thx
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jlevieCommented:
My understanding right now is that there's not much other than the kernel that's different between AS & ES, and I can probably verify that Friday. Just to play with Oracle I'd guess that ES would be fine. Although the list price of ES is $349/US, until Feburary it can be had for $170ish. So that's not too bad.
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rjbrylaAuthor Commented:
I just confirmed that ES is also supported for Oracle, and bought the discounted ES ISOs from RHN.

Still not free... but close enough.... I guess my time savings for trying to "roll my own" is worth the $170!!!

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jlevieCommented:
That's what I'd think. It takes very few labor hours to exceed the cost of the ES subscription, and with the current discount it's a no-brainer.
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