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yum package conflict installing mysqlclient package

I noticed that the EPEL 6 repository has Zabbix 1.8.4 rpm's. Can I point CentOS 5.2 at this repository and install Zabbix from there?

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You should most certainly not do this. You open yourself up to all kinds of library errors, version inconsistency, and general badness. The package version differences between RHEL 5 and 6 are vast. At best you will have a functional system that throws strange errors on occasion. Most likely the install will simply fail because of non-existent dependencies or other version checks.

If you really want a fun afternoon, spool up a VM and try it out. See what happens.

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Thanks for the answer. I thought that would be that case, but still being a bit green behind the ears at this I thought it best to ask first :) – Kev Mar 19 '11 at 20:05

As a corollary to packs's excellent answer, you can download the SRPMs from EPEL 6 and attempt to rebuild them for EL 5 using mock. This may require a Fedora 13 or newer system though, since the checksum format for packages has changed.

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rpmbuild -bb forever! Just be careful to check the SPEC file to make sure it's not requiring any library versions that aren't available. – Scott Pack Mar 19 '11 at 23:54

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