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The current version of libicu is 57, but on CentOS 7 it's locked to version 50.

I've tried various third-party repos such as EPEL, remi and IUS, but none of them seems to provide an updated package for this OS.

How can I update libicu to a newer version on CentOS 7?

  • You could start a software depot somewhere else with the necessary libs, e.g. under /opt (but then you're responsible for the security updates there). – thrig Feb 6 '17 at 16:54
  • Did you check EPEL? – DopeGhoti Feb 6 '17 at 16:55
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    @thrig That's way outside of my comfort zone, I'm looking for a turnkey package, or else I'll probably be better off switching to another OS such as Fedora, that comes with more up-to-date packages. – Benjamin Feb 6 '17 at 16:56
  • Well, that is rather the point of CentOS - it's supposed to be analogous to Red Hat, which by design is slower to incorporate newer packages due in part to ensuring that there are no changes to the APIs of the available software stacks. – DopeGhoti Feb 6 '17 at 16:58
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    Updating libraries in CentOS can be complicated, since other packages build against those libraries. That said, IUS has a process for requesting new packages: ius.io/Contributing/#new-package-request – carlwgeorge Feb 12 '17 at 20:51

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