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installing fedora packages on RHEL -- how bad the craziness?



  actually, this is technically about installing fedora packages on
centos 5.4 but, obviously, the same issues apply.  and i asked about
this on the centos list but i'd like the fedora perspective as well.

  the short version -- someone running centos 5.4 needs a fairly new
version of poppler-utils for "pdftohtml".  the current version of that
package is 0.5.4, and there is (AFAICT) no updated version.

  that package is currently up at version 0.12:
http://poppler.freedesktop.org/.  for this person's software to work,
his centos box *must* have a newer version of poppler-utils than what
is currently available for centos 5.4.

  apparently, the problem was solved by (yeesh) installing a newer
version package in the form of a fedora rpm.  how the heck does *that*
work?  wouldn't that make a mess of the package history?  i imagine i
would need, what, --nodeps and --ignorearch?  but is there a better
way to do this?  i simply don't see a newer centos/rhel package, which
would be the obvious solution.

rday
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