hi,

> "error: failed dependencies:
>  perl = 5.005_03 is needed by gimp-1.1.24-2
>  /usr/lib/perl5/site_perl/5.005/i686-pld-linux-thread is needed by
> gimp-1.1.24-2
>  gtk+ >= 1.2.8 is needed by gimp-1.1.24-2
>  perl(Carp) is needed by gimp-1.1.24-2
>  perl(DynaLoader) is needed by gimp-1.1.24-2
>  perl(Exporter) is needed by gimp-1.1.24-2"
>  (etc.).....
> 
> (2) So, then I downloaded an RPM for gtk-1.2.8  and attempted to upgrade as
> follows (rpm -Uvh gtk-1.2.8-24.i386.rpm), but got a long string of errors
> similar to the following :
> 
> "file /usr/share/locale/ca/LC_MESSAGES/gtk+.mo from install of gtk-1.2.8-24
> conflicts with file from package gtk+-1.2.6-6mdk"
> 
> Note that I was unable to simply uninstall gtk-1.2.6 - when I did this it
> gave me a long list of programs (dependencies) which required GTK.
> 
> (3) Finally, I downloaded a perl RPM package, and tried to updgrade it
> (rpm -Uvh perl-5.005_03-172.i386.rpm), and got errors like the following :
> 
> "package perl-5.00503-10mdk (which is newer then perl-5.005_03-172) is
> already installed
> file /usr/bin/perl from install of perl-5.005_03-172 conflicts with file
> from package perl-base-5.00503-10mdk..."
> 
> If this is already installed why was I getting all of those perl-related
> dependency errors when installing GIMP ?

because you've chosen a non-standard PERL distribution. get 5.6.0 for the
latest up-to-date PERL.
 
you might fare better with removing a package instead of upgrading it.

rpm -evh perl

PS what are these 'mdk' RPM's you're messing your system up with?

alan

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