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Old 03-30-2005, 06:30 PM   #1
Mic Q
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Difference Between "Source RPM" "Static RPM"

Came across a clipart collection at and noticed that it requires Inkscape to open the svg files. GIMP crashed when opening it

Anyway, at Inkscape site, there is a choice of "Source RPM" and "Static RPM",
any idea what is the differnence?

Thanks in advance for the info.

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Old 03-30-2005, 06:49 PM   #2
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Well here's the definition of "static rpms" that I found on source force - RedHat Package Manager packages in which the binary program has been statically linked against all required code and libraries.

A source rpm would contain the source required to build your package. This type of package will have dependencies (probably) on include files and libraries from other products.

A static rpm (or a statically linked binary) is fully linked so it is not dependent on any dynamic or shared libraries that may or may not be installed on your machine. .

Last edited by youngtom; 03-30-2005 at 06:51 PM.
Old 03-30-2005, 06:51 PM   #3
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trust me, you want the static rpm, also know ans the binary rpm. Source doesn't work, it's just there so you can modify and compile the source yourself, if you want. If that's your speed look at gentoo. You might also be able to find inkscape in YAST, and install it that way.


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