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Re: Rpms for 'Other' distributions

On Sunday 12 March 2006 15:36, Gilboa Davara wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-03-12 at 15:30 +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > When I can't find a package with yum, I wonder whether it is safe to
> > install a package simply designated 'Other' such as
> >
> > Other
> > ftp.sourceforge.net/pub/sourceforge/i/im/imgseek/imgSeek-0.8.2-1.i386.rpm
> >
> > I assume these packages are safe enough, but does it mean that they are
> > so generic that they will work, but not necessarily be optimised?
> >
> > Anne
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> In general, no.
> -If- the RPM is distribution free (E.g. built, in-design, to support
> multiple RPM distributions), it might work. But taking an RPM from
> Mandriva/SUSE usually ends with RPM hell.

That I can believe - in the past I've been telling people the exact reverse 
(when I was running Mandriva).  In this case the link was taken from rpmbone, 
and Mandriva and Suse packages were labelled.  None seemed to have the Fedora 
or Red Hat label, though.


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