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problem installing postgresql on RH ES 2.1

I have RedHat ES 2.1 with the latest patches applied, but cannot install PostgreSQL 7.4 because a prereq is GLIBC 2.3.  The latest GLIBC Red Hat makes available for ES 2.1 is 2.24.  

What to do?  Do I have to install an older version of PostgreSQL?  Can I install a GLIBC 2.3x on my ES 2.1?
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jlevieCommented:
The latest support version of Postgres for RHEL 2.1 is 7.1.3-5 from RedHat (postgresql-7.1.3-5.rhel2.1AS). If you really need a later version you could upgrade the system to RHEL 3.0, which would get you rh-postgresql-7.3.4-8, or get the source distribution for 7.4.2 from http://www.postgresql.org/index.html and build your own copy. Note that building your own copy will also probably require building the language interfaces for Perl, PHP, etc.

Attempting to upgrade Glibc is extremely hazardous since virtually everything on the system depends on Glibc.
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ShineOnAuthor Commented:
So with RHEL you gain stability at a cost beyond the price of the distro...

Oh, well.  Thanks.
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jlevieCommented:
Well, stability & reliability in any OS usually means that you aren't running the "latest & greatest" versions of things. In this case you are running RHEL 2.1 and an upgrade to 3.0 seems an appropriate thing to do. That won't get you the very lastest version of Postgres, but it will get you much closer to the current version. Remember that RedHat does pretty extensive testing of everything that becomes a part of RHEL. So while they might not be completely up to date w/respect to a given package, the odds are that the package won't have any "bad habits".
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