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Old 06-03-2005, 07:14 AM   #1
edward321
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General Source RPM question


I am running a fairly old version of RedHat - 7.2 (Enigma). Many software distributors no longer supply their binaries in this format, but do provide Source RPMS. Is it possible to use these source RPMs with my decrepit version of RedHat? Whenever I've seen them they contain no redhat version-specific information, they only seem to specify which architecture they are for.
 
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"I am running a fairly old version of RedHat - 7.2 (Enigma). Many software distributors no longer supply their binaries in this format, but do provide Source RPMS. Is it possible to use these source RPMs with my decrepit version of RedHat? Whenever I've seen them they contain no redhat version-specific information, they only seem to specify which architecture they are for."

Yes, you can compile source RPMs on your RedHat 7.2 system. Another possibility is to compile from tar.gz packages and to use checkinstall to convert the packages to binary rpm packages which will install on your system.

http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/

I prefer the tar.gz/checkinstall method so I rarely use source rpms.

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