[LON-CAPA-admin] RHEL Alternatives

Stuart Peter Raeburn raeburn at msu.edu
Mon Jun 25 17:25:33 EDT 2007

Hi Mark, 

As CentOS, Scientific Linux and White Box are community builds based on the 
source RPMs for RHEL my expectation is that LON-CAPA will run successfully 
on these distros with little modification.  The plan has always been to add 
installation instructions and add package repositories for these community 
enterprise linux distros. 

I just built packages for Centos 5 for 32 bit, and added a yum repository 


I'll be adding 64 bit packages, and both 32 bit and 64 bit packages for 
Scientific Linux - http://install.loncapa.org/scientificlinux/5/ - in the 
next few days. 

I successfully installed the Centos5 LON-CAPA prerequisites and installed 
LON-CAPA (I needed to modify distprobe and CHECKRPMS in loncom/build) on a 
development server at MSU. 

I'll be committing the changes to distprobe and CHECKPMS to CVS, and if 
these appear in a future LON-CAPA 2.4.2 release, I'll add installation 
instructions for Centos (and most likely Scientific Linux too) to 
install.loncapa.org at that time. 

Stuart Raeburn

lucasm at ohiou.edu writes: 

> Hi, 
> I'm currently running FC5 for my servers. I had heard tell that we had a 
> RHEL site license, but it turns out there's still a local cost for this. 
> Out of curiosity, what are the issues with running something like CentOS, 
> Scientific Linux or White Box? These are all RHEL based. 
> I'll probably end up working with FC7 for the time being, but I'm curious. 
> Mark 
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