I have non-root access to a grid of computers. The installed OS is the following:
$ uname -mrs Linux 2.6.18-274.el5xen x86_64 $ cat /etc/*-release Scientific Linux SL release 5.1 (Boron)
I built the latest version of core utils locally with
./configure --prefix=<some_path> make make install
but before adding this new install to my
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, I'm reluctant to start using a version of core utils that may not be compatible or safe to use with my OS.
I know that one answer is "test and see if it works", but I would prefer to make sure that I will not run into problems later when doing real work with core utils (e.g. moving/deleting files, using
Is this a legitimate concern? Are core utils fully backwards compatible with versions of GNU/Linux this old? How do I find out?