[lug] fedora / centos rpms

Kevin Fenzi kevin at scrye.com
Mon Feb 16 13:38:16 MST 2009

On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 12:01:49 -0800 (PST)
karl horlen <horlenkarl at yahoo.com> wrote:

> i missed the talk this last week but had a question about mixing and
> matching rpms between fedora and centos.

Sure, shoot... ;) 

> if fedora 10 is the pseudo twin / parent fork of centos5 with lots of
> extra bleeding edge pkgs thrown in, is it ok to install a fedora 10
> rpm on centos 5 as far as compatibility is concerned?

No. They are likely very incompatible and you will get yourself into a
load of trouble. 

RHEL5/CentOS5 is based on Fedora Core 6. 

> granted, if the fedora 10 rpm is bleeding edge i understand that
> could create some problems.  but that's not what i'm asking about.  
> what i'm asking is if installing the fedora 10 would balk in terms of
> pure compatibility with regard to underlying system libs / kernel.  
> i'm thinking there shouldn't be any issues since they're forked but i
> was never certain about this and would like to know

There will likely be lots of issues. Fedora 10 will be using vastly
newer libraries and the packages will not install due to needing those.
If they do install they are unlikely to work. 

For CentOS5/RHEL5 machines you should use EPEL packages: 

These are compiled against the correct version and are known to work,


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