"apt" is a Debian tool, but it was also adaped to run with Red Hat RPM files.0) read first: is a HOWTO for apt and Red Hat RPMs. 1) got binary RPMs of apt for Red Hat 9 from the Tux site ( namely: ftp://apt-rpm.tuxfamily.org/apt/redhat/9/en/i386/RPMS.extra/. At the time of this writing they were: apt-0.5.5cnc5-fr2.i386852 Kb Wed Apr 16 2003 apt-devel-0.5.5cnc5-fr2.i386515 Kb Wed Apr 16 2003 and saved them under /root/apt directory 2) I Installed apt on the system: cd /root/apt rpm -Uhv *3) It comes with the config file which tells it where to find updates.This you need to do yourself manually (later in this writeup).The small problem is that the "apt" will upgrade all packages as if they were for the i386 architecture.
Read the chapter 30 of the " Red Hat Linux Customization Guide" (e.g., at: is not available on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, which uses Yum (Yellowdog Updater Modified).The entire stack of tools that installs and updates software in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is now based on Yum.They will work much more efficient and use the extended instruction set of the newer processors compared to the ancient 80386 which did not even have the floating point operations integrated within CPU (Remember? To find out what processor you have, do: cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model If it says model name : AMD Athlon(tm) Processor you have "athlon" CPU.If it tells you something like: model name : Pentium 75 - 200 you have an i586 CPU.Beside the ones listed by default in /etc/apt/there are also other, quite up-to-date, repositories: rpm redhat/9/en/i386 os updates extra rpm-src redhat/9/en/i386 os updates extra or at namely: rpm redhat/9/en/i386 os updates extra rpm-src redhat/9/en/i386 os updates extra 6) Updating kernel.