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The only thing in my distro CD is the 7.1.3-2 libs for Postgresql. Are there any postgresql rpms from postgresql.org's site? That's where I got the sources. It is rather troublesome actually to install PostgreSQL from the sources.
If I cannot find any from postgresql.org's where might I find one?
Readline is required by the command line client program psql; you can build it without readline however, just add --without-readline to the configure options.
I actually managed to finish the installation of Postgresql and even managed to make it run. But when I rebooted my system, voila! When I type 'service postgresql start', nothing happens. But anyways, it's fine. I believe I wouldn't have troubles if I have sticked with Fedora Core 4 from start, especially since I am such a novice on Linux.
troubles building from source if my gcc and all its libraries
IMHO development tools such as gcc don't belong on a production machine at all. Updating stuff built from sources is a major pain.
Surely you should pick a distribution that comes with the packages you need?
What distro are you using? If it doesn't come with pgsql I'd advise you to switch to one that does :-(
And, oh, this is not a production machine.