Thanks everyone, I assumed something that was not true.
This problem is behind me, I truly appreciate the help here - even though it pointed out something that I failed to verify as working.
Once I added EPEL and then installed BackupPC it went as smoothly as anyone would expect.
I added EPEL during RHEL installation, so I thought it was done.
Your messages prompted me to look and see if my assumption was correct and finding it wasn't led me to success.

(humbly)
Rick Bastedo


On Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069@gmail.com> wrote:
Just to verify it works I tried installing to a chroot environment[1]
as I don't have access to an EL system. The only thing I can think of
is somehow your yum data was out of date or something like that.

The only thing I can think of is to try:

# yum clean all

It's pretty radical but non-destructive. It just means yum has to
re-download all the yum metadata from all of your repositories.

Richard
---
[1] Gory details here:

$ mock -r epel-6-x86_64 --init
INFO: mock.py version 1.1.16 starting...
State Changed: init plugins
INFO: selinux enabled
State Changed: start
State Changed: lock buildroot
State Changed: clean
State Changed: unlock buildroot
State Changed: init
State Changed: lock buildroot
Mock Version: 1.1.16
INFO: Mock Version: 1.1.16
INFO: calling preinit hooks
INFO: enabled root cache
INFO: enabled yum cache
State Changed: cleaning yum metadata
INFO: enabled ccache
State Changed: running yum
State Changed: creating cache
State Changed: unlock buildroot
State Changed: end

$ mock -r epel-6-x86_64 --install BackupPC
INFO: mock.py version 1.1.16 starting...
State Changed: init plugins
INFO: selinux enabled
State Changed: start
Mock Version: 1.1.16
INFO: Mock Version: 1.1.16
State Changed: lock buildroot
INFO: installing package(s): BackupPC
INFO: Ignored option -c (probably due to merging -yc != -y -c)

================================================================================
 Package                       Arch     Version                 Repository
                                                                          Size
================================================================================
Installing:
 BackupPC                      x86_64   3.2.1-6.el6             epel      461 k
Installing for dependencies:
 apr                           x86_64   1.3.9-3.el6_0.1         updates   124 k
 apr-util                      x86_64   1.3.9-3.el6_0.1         updates    87 k
 apr-util-ldap                 x86_64   1.3.9-3.el6_0.1         updates    15 k
 checkpolicy                   x86_64   2.0.22-1.el6            base      190 k
 dbus-glib                     x86_64   0.86-5.el6              base      170 k
 expat                         x86_64   2.0.1-9.1.el6           base       76 k
 httpd                         x86_64   2.2.15-5.el6.centos     base      811 k
 httpd-tools                   x86_64   2.2.15-5.el6.centos     base       68 k
 libselinux-utils              x86_64   2.0.94-2.el6            base       80 k
 libsemanage                   x86_64   2.0.43-4.el6            base      104 k
 libtalloc                     x86_64   2.0.1-1.1.el6           base       19 k
 libtdb                        x86_64   1.2.1-2.el6             base       28 k
 mailcap                       noarch   2.1.31-1.1.el6          base       27 k
 perl-Archive-Zip              noarch   1.30-2.el6              base      107 k
 perl-CGI                      x86_64   3.49-115.el6            base      191 k
 perl-Class-Singleton          noarch   1.4-6.el6               base       17 k
 perl-Compress-Raw-Zlib        x86_64   2.023-115.el6           base       66 k
 perl-Compress-Zlib            x86_64   2.020-115.el6           base       42 k
 perl-DateTime                 x86_64   1:0.5300-1.el6          base      2.0 M
 perl-DateTime-Format-Mail     noarch   0.3001-6.el6            base      159 k
 perl-DateTime-Format-W3CDTF   noarch   0.04-8.el6              base       17 k
 perl-File-RsyncP              x86_64   0.68-6.el6              epel      100 k
 perl-HTML-Parser              x86_64   3.64-2.el6              base      109 k
 perl-HTML-Tagset              noarch   3.20-4.el6              base       17 k
 perl-IO-Compress-Base         x86_64   2.020-115.el6           base       65 k
 perl-IO-Compress-Zlib         x86_64   2.020-115.el6           base      132 k
 perl-List-MoreUtils           x86_64   0.22-10.el6             base       53 k
 perl-Net-FTP-AutoReconnect    noarch   0.3-3.el6               epel       11 k
 perl-Net-FTP-RetrHandle       noarch   0.2-3.el6               epel       16 k
 perl-Params-Validate          x86_64   0.92-3.el6              base       75 k
 perl-Time-modules             noarch   2006.0814-5.el6         base       38 k
 perl-URI                      noarch   1.40-2.el6              base      117 k
 perl-XML-Parser               x86_64   2.36-7.el6              base      224 k
 perl-XML-RSS                  noarch   1.45-2.el6              base       59 k
 perl-libwww-perl              noarch   5.833-2.el6             base      387 k
 policycoreutils               x86_64   2.0.83-19.8.el6_0       updates   675 k
 redhat-logos                  noarch   60.0.14-10.el6          base       10 M
 rsync                         x86_64   3.0.6-5.el6_0.1         updates   335 k
 samba-client                  x86_64   3.5.4-68.el6_0.2        updates    11 M
 samba-common                  x86_64   3.5.4-68.el6_0.2        updates    13 M
 samba-winbind-clients         x86_64   3.5.4-68.el6_0.2        updates   1.1 M
 ustr                          x86_64   1.0.4-9.1.el6           base       86 k

Transaction Summary
================================================================================
Install      43 Package(s)

Total download size: 43 M
Installed size: 129 M

Installed:
 BackupPC.x86_64 0:3.2.1-6.el6

Dependency Installed:
 apr.x86_64 0:1.3.9-3.el6_0.1
 apr-util.x86_64 0:1.3.9-3.el6_0.1
 apr-util-ldap.x86_64 0:1.3.9-3.el6_0.1
 checkpolicy.x86_64 0:2.0.22-1.el6
 dbus-glib.x86_64 0:0.86-5.el6
 expat.x86_64 0:2.0.1-9.1.el6
 httpd.x86_64 0:2.2.15-5.el6.centos
 httpd-tools.x86_64 0:2.2.15-5.el6.centos
 libselinux-utils.x86_64 0:2.0.94-2.el6
 libsemanage.x86_64 0:2.0.43-4.el6
 libtalloc.x86_64 0:2.0.1-1.1.el6
 libtdb.x86_64 0:1.2.1-2.el6
 mailcap.noarch 0:2.1.31-1.1.el6
 perl-Archive-Zip.noarch 0:1.30-2.el6
 perl-CGI.x86_64 0:3.49-115.el6
 perl-Class-Singleton.noarch 0:1.4-6.el6
 perl-Compress-Raw-Zlib.x86_64 0:2.023-115.el6
 perl-Compress-Zlib.x86_64 0:2.020-115.el6
 perl-DateTime.x86_64 1:0.5300-1.el6
 perl-DateTime-Format-Mail.noarch 0:0.3001-6.el6
 perl-DateTime-Format-W3CDTF.noarch 0:0.04-8.el6
 perl-File-RsyncP.x86_64 0:0.68-6.el6
 perl-HTML-Parser.x86_64 0:3.64-2.el6
 perl-HTML-Tagset.noarch 0:3.20-4.el6
 perl-IO-Compress-Base.x86_64 0:2.020-115.el6
 perl-IO-Compress-Zlib.x86_64 0:2.020-115.el6
 perl-List-MoreUtils.x86_64 0:0.22-10.el6
 perl-Net-FTP-AutoReconnect.noarch 0:0.3-3.el6
 perl-Net-FTP-RetrHandle.noarch 0:0.2-3.el6
 perl-Params-Validate.x86_64 0:0.92-3.el6
 perl-Time-modules.noarch 0:2006.0814-5.el6
 perl-URI.noarch 0:1.40-2.el6
 perl-XML-Parser.x86_64 0:2.36-7.el6
 perl-XML-RSS.noarch 0:1.45-2.el6
 perl-libwww-perl.noarch 0:5.833-2.el6
 policycoreutils.x86_64 0:2.0.83-19.8.el6_0
 redhat-logos.noarch 0:60.0.14-10.el6
 rsync.x86_64 0:3.0.6-5.el6_0.1
 samba-client.x86_64 0:3.5.4-68.el6_0.2
 samba-common.x86_64 0:3.5.4-68.el6_0.2
 samba-winbind-clients.x86_64 0:3.5.4-68.el6_0.2
 ustr.x86_64 0:1.0.4-9.1.el6


State Changed: unlock buildroot
State Changed: end

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