Hello there, folks
I'm asking myself a question, and that's a question SO naive, that I actually never really thought thoroughly about it... until today when I'd need to know, and can't figure it out ^^
Simply said : what happens if you try to install an RPM that's not natively created for your distro ? I know that not all distros share the same components/system paths, or sometimes use different libs or components, so what's fit for one might not be fit for the other..
1/ Will you risk to wreak havoc in your system ?
2/ Will everything work fine with the RPM's contents being adapted to your distro ?
3/ Will there be a safety check before installation, causing you to be told that the RPM cannot be installed ?
I have an RPM for Debian/Ubuntu, while my system's Mandriva 2006. No other RPMs are available, and compiling from source would be a nightmare in the present case.
Considering that option 1/ (causing mayhem) is among the possibilities, I'd rather avoid taking the risk of testing ;-)
Thanks if you can enlighten me