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Re: [SLE] Installing other distros RPM packages?
  • From: Silviu Marin-Caea <silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 13:04:15 +0300
  • Message-id: <200505101304.15450.silviu_marin-caea@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 09 May 2005 11:12, Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:

> Basically the question revolves around location, location, location.

But not the only important thing.

Another is libraries.

A foreign package might expect to have this library and that, version X or Y,
and placed here of there.

If the package is a simple one, without many dependencies, you can install it
on SUSE and not worry about location. Obviously, updates to that package
will have to be done manually, too. However, in the case of a complex piece
of software, you won't have much success. That is you won't break anything
beyond repair (rpm --erase), but your software might not work. Examples of
what won't work easily, from foreign packages: evolution, apache2, mysql.

However, other generic rpms like acroread, BitTorrent, ICAClient will work.
Except many of them won't create menu entries in the right places (if at

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