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Well, I've tried that, and although libgphoto2 seems to install nicely, when I go to ./configure gphoto, it still complains:
*** Begin gphoto2 ./configure ***
checking for pkg-config... /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking for libgphoto2 >= 2.1.1... Requested 'libgphoto2 >= 2.1.1' but version
of libgphoto2 is 2.1.0
configure: error: Library requirements (libgphoto2 >= 2.1.1) not met; consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if your libraries are in a nonstandard prefix so pkg-config can find them.
*** End gphoto2 ./configure ***
What the heck am I doing wrong???
Also, if I do manage to get this running, is there a way to find out whether or not I've managed to put extra copies of library files, etc. that I don't need?
Have you tried removing the old version of gphoto, and libgphoto? It says it's finding an old version. You could try removing them first, and then reinstalling from source.
Generally, it's a bad idea to update something installed by rpm with something installed from source - all sorts of annoying conflicts happen.