Ouff, sphinx!!!! I used to sigh when someone talks to me about sphinx. But now I find it easy. Try it yourself.
yum install sphinxsearch should do the trick normally.
If the above didn’t work, download the sphinx rpm from http://sphinxsearch.com/downloads/release/
My machine is centos5/32bit so I downloaded http://sphinxsearch.com/downloads/accept.php?file=sphinx-2.0.8-1.rhel5.i386.rpm
Now you can use yum to install this.
Once it is installed, the sphinx config is available at /etc/sphinx.conf
You can start/stop sphinx using /etc/rc.d/init.d/sphinx start/stop
Indexer can be run as