[CentOS] Re: Closest Fedora to CentOS 4?

Fri Apr 18 21:45:30 UTC 2008
Tony Mountifield <tony at softins.clara.co.uk>

In article <1208548520.4908.58.camel at wx1.larc.nasa.gov>,
Philip R. Schaffner <Philip.R.Schaffner at NASA.gov> wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-04-18 at 17:05 +0000, Tony Mountifield wrote:
> > Hi, I want to take a SRPM that is available for various versions of Fedora
> > and rebuild it on a CentOS 4 system.
> > 
> > Which release of Fedora is the closest to CentOS 4? In other words, which
> > would be the best FC to take the SRPM for?
> Per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux
> Originally, Red Hat based Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Red Hat Linux, but
> using a much more conservative release cycle. Later versions leveraged
> technologies from Fedora which is a community distribution and project
> that Red Hat sponsors. Roughly every third version of Red Hat Linux
> (RHL) or Fedora forms the basis for a version of Red Hat Enterprise
> Linux, thus:
>     * Red Hat Linux 6.2 -> Red Hat Linux 6.2E
>     * Red Hat Linux 7.2 -> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
>     * Red Hat Linux 9 -> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
>     * Fedora Core 3 -> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
>     * Fedora Core 6 -> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
>     * Fedora 9 -> Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (projected)
> IIRC the RHEL (and thus CentOS) branches from Fedora have been from late
> test versions rather than the final releases.  I have had pretty good
> luck building packages from a Fedora release or 2 later than the branch
> version on CentOS.  My $0.02 is to try the latest SRPM for a particular
> package that will build successfully, rather than going all the way back
> to FC3 for EL4-based systems.  You will often need to build dependencies
> from Fedora as well.  Probably goes without saying, but check the 3rd
> party repos first before embarking on custom builds.  
> http://wiki.centos.org/Repositories

Thanks, that's useful info. I had found the kbs-CentOS-Extras repository,
which has a lot of useful stuff, but didn't have libconfuse. I installed
the SRPM of libconfuse for FC6, and it built on CentOS4 without any problems
(once I had installed check and check-devel from kbs).

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