Solved

Is it possible to use Linux RPMs on Mac OS X Leopard

Posted on 2007-11-26
5
502 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
There are a set of drivers for a touch screen we use that are available for PC and Linux but not for Mac OS X. Since Mac OS X 10.5 is a certified UNIX platform, is there a way to use the LINUX RPMs on a Mac. The provider is providing the Source RPM so that they can be recompiled for a specific kernel. I was able to find http://rpm.darwinports.com/. I am going the right direction?
0
Comment
Question by:fdran
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
killbrad earned 250 total points
ID: 20353454
short answer:  yes, most likely
long answer:  yes, you will need to do the following.. however, since they are drivers, there is little guarantee:

  find the rpm file you want (must be source, binary will not work)
  unpackage the rpm file into a folder
  read the README/INSTALL files,  ...
     more than likely the procedure you need to follow is:
        ./configure
        make
        make install

  If there were no errors then congrats, you are set.  You just need to figure out how to get them working with the MAC OS (can't help ya there).

  If there were errors in the build stage you will have to resolve and dependencies and see what exactly it is warning about.

  Sorry this can't be more specific but that's all I can tell you with what you posted.
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:heteronymous
heteronymous earned 250 total points
ID: 20355337
I less certain this will work and the best way really is to compile from source (get the .zip or .gz file, not a Linux src RPM). Make sure to verify the md5 or (better) sha1 or pgp sig.

For something like oh, Apache, or MySQL, or any custom build of actual FOSS,
the standard procedure is to get the source, un-compress it,

and as noted use

./configure
make
make install

Sometimes more flags/arguments are needed.
Occasionally it won't configure properly, and you'll need to cd into the source dir for the item,
cp /usr/share/automake-1.10/config.* .
and then proceed.

as well you can check configure options via
./configure --help
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:heteronymous
ID: 21587730
If someone doesn't like the answer, they get to delete their question ?

*shrug*

Sometimes an answer is not what we wanted/hoped to hear, such is life.

Not really an objection per se...
Delete away, seems silly to me.
0

Featured Post

Ransomware: The New Cyber Threat & How to Stop It

This infographic explains ransomware, type of malware that blocks access to your files or your systems and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid. It also examines the different types of ransomware and explains what you can do to thwart this sinister online threat.  

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Set up iPhone and iPad email signatures to always send in high-quality HTML with this step-by step guide.
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will giveā€¦
Connecting to an Amazon Linux EC2 Instance from Windows Using PuTTY.
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.

634 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question