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Re: [SLE] Installing other distros RPM packages?
  • From: "Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC)" <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 May 2005 12:01:43 +0200
  • Message-id: <42871E07.2060800@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:

I have a working SuSE 9.0 system which I use. All of the packages are off the 9.0 CD's and I 'prefer' to only use SuSE compiled RPM's as then I know files are going to be installed in the correct place, wherever that may be. From time to time I see software package updates, either on CD or the web but they are for another distro ie Mandrake and perhaps others.

Is it possible to use those RPM's via YaST and still have them install in the correct SuSE locations or as it might be a Mandrake RPM it will install in locations Mandrake would have.
Thanks to all for the extended response. Basically we can say as SuSians that whilst it may be possible to install other distro RPM's on our system, or even Debian pkgs via Alien, the end result could be a VERY big mess as each distro would install the package in its own place thinking that other apps/dependencies are in certain places when in actual fact they may not be.

So, we have ruled out using other's RPMs/Pkgs but what about compiling those packages from source into a SuSE RPM and then installing it? Surely Linux drivers/modules could be handled the same way ie Doesn't open source mean the source code is available?

Is the RedCarpet app a partial solution to graphically compiling and installing source code from ANY Linux distro?

Regards again
Hylton Conacher - Linux user # 229959 at
Currently using SuSE 9.0 Professional with KDE 3.1

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