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Old 09-09-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Question What is noarch , el5 and fc6 ?


Hi All,

This sis just a qurious case of benjamin button, that I am asking such a silly thing...but could anybody please suggest me what is "noarch" in package names , and what is its significanse?
There is 'el5' which means 'enterpriseLinux 5', and there is 'fc6' which means 'FedoraCore 6' ( I Hope).

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Old 09-09-2009, 05:58 PM   #2
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AFAIK, a package with the .noarch suffix is a package that isn't specific to any architecture (ie. x86, x86_64, sparc, etc.) It means that it can be installed on any of them.
 
Old 09-09-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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noarch means "Not architecture dependent." Usually a script or configuration file.

Note: I hope that you were just using fc6 as an example. That Fedora release has been unsupported for at least three years now.
 
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While the noarch suffix refers to architecture as explained from previous posts, the el5 and fc6 suffixes mean these packages have been built specifically for those particular Linux distributions - or better - they have been packaged from the official distributors, whereas third party repositories use their own suffix (for example "pm" from the Packman repository of OpenSuse packages).
 
Old 09-09-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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Thank you all,

I got a bit confused and asked that question.

PTrenholme : 'fc6' is what I found when I tried "rpm -qa yum*" over my machine.

Thank you again,
Kapil.
 
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Thank you all,

I got a bit confused and asked that question.

PTrenholme : 'fc6' is what I found when I tried "rpm -qa yum*" over my machine.

Thank you again,
Kapil.
Are you using Fedora Core 6?! It's way out of date. I'd strongly suggest installing the latest one, ie. Fedora 11. There haven't been any security updates for F6 for a long time.
 
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Originally Posted by kapilbajpai88 View Post
Thank you all,

I got a bit confused and asked that question.

PTrenholme : 'fc6' is what I found when I tried "rpm -qa yum*" over my machine.

Thank you again,
Kapil.
If you're unsure which version you're running, execute uname -r in a terminal window or, if you're running a Fedora system, just do a cat /etc/fedora-release. You should see something like this:
Code:
[~]$ uname -r
2.6.31-0.204.rc9.fc12.x86_64
[~]$ cat /etc/fedora-release
Fedora release 11.91 (Rawhide)
 
  


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