So, I've been playing around Drupal 7 and wanted to put together a local server for testing. The only crux is that the only "server" I had to work with was a cruddy old eMachines desktop with 640MB of ram running Fedora Core 5. Well, long story short, I had neither the time, patience nor the bandwidth to download Fedora 9. Unfortunately the Fedora 5 distro only comes with php 5.1 yet Drupal 7 requires PHP 5.2. Yum showed no available updates, so I had to scour pbone.net for a bunch of FC5 RPMs to get it up and running. Here's a quick Breakdown:
First, locate and remove the old PHP installation and extras:
$ rpm -qa | grep php
the -qa option shows which RPMs have been installed and | grep php filters out anything not containing "php"
$ rpm -e php-cli php-common php php-gd php-pdo php-pear
the above, run as root, will remove any of the listed RPM packages installed
Second, download the new RPM files from a repository like pbone.net - I grabbed the following RPMs for Fedora 5:
Third, install the above RPM files
$ rpm -Uvh pcre-6.6-1.fc5....
$ rpm -ivh php-common-5.2....
and repeat for the additional packages. Note, use the -Uvh to upgrade packages that are installed, and -ivh to install the ones you do not currently have installed.
Fourth, set up CVS on the server and check out the latest from HEAD:
$ yum install cvs
$ cvs -z6 -d:pserver:anonymous:email@example.com:/cvs/drupal checkout -d var/www/html drupal
Fifth, and final step, was to tune apache a bit, set up the database and install Drupal 7! Now I've got a server that I can quickly keep up to date with Drupal HEAD and compare patches against the CVS.