This question has evolved from one I started in another forum, so I guess I'll just copy my comments here:
I'm trying to install the GIMP, but it's much tougher than I had imagined. The prerequisites to install are:
1. recent version of pkg-config.
I didn't have pkg-config so I went to www.freedesktop.org
, downloaded and installed pkgconfig-0.17.1.tar.gz
2. GTK+ version 2.4.4 or better.
rpm -qa gtk* on my RHES shows this:
with all the installs required for the GIMP, almost none of which I could find in rpms, it's possible that these results are wrong...the last two entries look like they conflict, so let me know if this looks right
3. GLib 2.4.5
An rpm query shows I have glibc-2.3.2-95.30
I couldn't find a more recent rpm, so I went to ftp.gtk.org
and installed glib-2.4.7.tar.gz
I saw no errors on install, but I'm now reading that installing source code over an rpm is a problem. I get this rpm on rpm -qa glib*:
So my install of the tar file didn't work, but I'm not sure what it did do or what to check for.
4. Pango 1.4.0
I have pango-1.2.5-5, and downloaded pango-1.8.1.tar.gz
when I went to install it, among other errors that I may have resolved (by installing freetype-2.1.9 and fontconfig-2.3.0, in that order), I now get:
*** Glib 2.5.7 or better is required. The latest version of
*** Glib is always available from ftp://ftp.gtk.org/
again proof that my glibc tarfile update was either not installed or incorrectly installed
The last 4 sets of requirements for installing GIMP are a moot point, since I don't want to crash my OS in the process. Pls advise on how to proceed on this, thanks