Questions tagged [compatibility]

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Is there an emulator or a compatibility layer to run Linux binary on macOS? [duplicate]

There exists a compatibility layer called Wine to run Windows binary on Linux. Is there something similar on macOS to run Linux binary? This question does not have answers here: Is there a way to run ...
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Deploying applications in old distributions compiled in the new distribution

I have a binary built on ubuntu 20 (in a docker container FROM ubuntu:latest) What if I want to run this binary, for example, in ubuntu 16? I know that it is possible to face the fact that the version ...
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How to determine minimum supported OS version of my app?

Background I'm making an C++ app that's supposed to run on Centos 7. Builds are being done on Centos 7.9, and I'm using C++11 and C++17 features, which limits backward compatibility with older ...
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How to know if the kernel is compatible with v4l2loopback?

I want to use v4l2loopback to stream from OBS-Studio in Microsoft Teams or discord, but I'm not sure if it will work with my system (I also don't really understand the section "DEPENDENCIES" ...
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What introduce package/binary incompatibility?

Following up on Is Ubuntu LTS binary compatible with Debian? I know Ubuntu and Debian binary packages are incompatible more often than not. I know mixing packages from different sources is generally a ...
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Is an Intel 80386 application compatible with Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HQ CPU?

When I run my application: ./a.out bash: ./a.out: No such file or directory and bash ./a.out ./a.out: ./a.out: cannot execute binary file I start feeling this is an architecture issue. The file ...
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How to configure LFS for multilib support?

I managed to install FLS pure 64-bit, but i want to "upgrade it" so it supports 32-bit also. I don't want to build LFS from ground up again. Is there a way to install multilib support on an ...
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GNU Make exports macro as environment variable only when it's already present

Consider the following Makefile: X = macro-X-value foo: echo $$X $(X) The intention here is to use X both as a name of an environment variable and of a macro. When using bmake, it works as ...
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Nvidia drivers won't work on linux mint

My nvidia drivers won't work. They worked just fine before my last update. I have been trying to get them to work again but with no success. if I run: nvidia-settings I get this error: ERROR: NVIDIA ...
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Is “xargs -I s printf s” more compatible than “xargs -n 1 printf”?

Summary Is xargs -I s printf s more compatible than xargs -n 1 printf? Background To handle binary data that may include 0x00. I know how to convert binary data to text, like this: # make sure that ...
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Debian 10 Hyper V compatibility

Based on this link the Hyper-V 2019 is compatible with Debian 10.0 up to Debian 10.3. Is this a strict case or can I use 10.5 or even 10.7 without any problems?
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How do I know if an application is compatible with the OS?

I am on Centos 7.8 I wanted to know where I can find information (website or others) that will tell me if PHP 7.3 or 7.4 is compatible with my OS?
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Has a program ever successfully run on Wine, but failed on native Windows?

This is admittedly a more theoretical question looking for objective grounds; forgive me if I chose the wrong stack for it. Wine is a compatibility layer for Microsoft Windows, allowing programs ...
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Is there any way to make older Linux kernel modules work?

I have a wireless adapter that needs a proprietary driver. But the manufacturer has discontinued this device for about 7 years ago. As the code is very old and was written for Linux 2.6.0.0, it doesn'...
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Is there a glibc-compat or equivalent for CentOS 8?

I'm a new maintainer for an old codebase written in C++, targeting the C++0x standard, with several gcc and g++ dependencies in the code. I'm concerned about keeping the dependencies of this program ...
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'compgen' appears to have undocumented parameter '--', can I rely on it being present across systems? [duplicate]

I happen to be on Ubuntu 18.04, with GNU bash, version 4.4.20(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) The output of % compgen -A file -- test-data foobar -- outputs all files/dirs in the current directory ...
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32-bit libraries GCC for RHEL/CentOS 7

yum groupinstall "Compatibility Libraries" Loaded plugins: langpacks, product-id, search-disabled-repos, subscription-manager There is no installed groups file. Maybe run: yum groups mark convert (...
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Missing argument option in sfdisk?

sfdisk --delete $disk From Ubuntu 18.04 or later works. What is the equivalent command in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (--delete missing), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (--delete present)
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Can Systemd-free Artix Linux install packages from parent Arch Linux?

I want to install the Systemd-free Artix Linux, but noticed on DistroWatch that it misses many packages. Being an Arch based distribution, is it possible to install packages directly from Arch ...
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Run MS-Windows programs directly from MS-Windows drive, on Linux

I can't seem to find anything about getting WINE to use an actual MS-Windows install, instead of emulating a Windows directory system on Gnu/Linux. Is that even a good idea? I have two SSDs: one with ...
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Set NixOS config option only when it is valid, for backwards compatibility

Occasionally, NixOS changes config options in a way that is not entirely backwards compatible. For example, nixos 19.09 did not have a programs.gnupg.agent.pinentryFlavor option, but in nixos unstable ...
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Will gcc on onlinegdb always agree with gcc on CentOS 7?

Is there anything OS-dependent about gcc that would cause a meaningful change between the two versions? Are the two versions even different? Just want to make sure, because I test my code on onlinegdb ...
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Executing “Bad CPU type” executables in 10.15.x

I'm trying to execute a compiled Lazarus file which was working on macOS 10.14.x. After updating to 10.15, I started to get an error, "Bad CPU type in executable", which as far as I understand means ...
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Does FreeBSD contain multiple variants of basic regex?

grep and sed are both described as using "basic regex" ("BRE") by default. BRE is well described here. But consider this output: # echo ' aaaaa ' | grep '\(aaaaa\|bbbbb\)' aaaaa # echo ' ...
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Ampersand in the passwd GECOS field

When expanding the /etc/passwd GECOS field to get the user's full name, should we expand only the first ampersand (& character), or all ampersands? In a GECOS field with comma (,) delimited ...
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What CMake version can I rely on in current popular Linux distributions? [closed]

Suppose I'm writing a CMakeLists.txt file for a project of mine. I would like to use some newer CMake features... but I don't want to end up requiring a CMake version that's not present in many users' ...
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how to do redhat7.5 hardware compatibility test?

I have installed Redhat7.5 in X3650 M3 which is an IBM server and not in the Redhat7.5 hardware support list. During the installation no error or warning is reported . But I still want to do some ...
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Compile on RHLE6, but run on RHEL7 or Fedora 29 - is that possible?

I was wondering in terms of system compatibility. If I compile an application on RHEL6 - would I be able to safely run the output on RHEL7 and/or Fedora 29 as well, if I copy both the binary as well ...
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Arch: Some very-common PHP packages missing in repo

When I establish LAMP environments on Debian, I install some PHP extensions: apt install php-{cli,curl,mbstring,mcrypt,gd} From the above, besides php-gd, all packages are missing in Arch. What are ...
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Developing Mozilla Firefox for Linux on Windows

I would like to make some contribution to Mozilla Firefox (with the little C++ I know). Can I build, run and debug Firefox for Linux using WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) ? If yes, should I install ...
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udf input/output error

A few months ago I formatted half an ssd (for use by all of my operating systems as file storage, I use os x, Debian, and Microsoft's windows) It was recommended that I use udf, because it is, in ...
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Why does the Linux kernel support “umount /”?

Why does Linux support this: umount / Why would anyone write that, instead of this: mount / -oremount,ro I'm looking at the kernel code here: if (&mnt->mnt == current->fs->root.mnt &...
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Keepass does not respect GTK_THEME variable

I am using Cinnamon on Arch Linux with a dark theme (specifically Vertex Dark). The dark theme leads to undesirable behavior in some apps where the foreground color is hard-coded to a dark color but ...
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BSD sed vs GNU - is it capable of nested matches?

This works perfectly well on any Linux : $ echo foo bar | sed -n '/foo/{/bar/{;p;}}' foo bar But fails on OSXs ancient BSD variant : ❯ echo foo bar | sed -n '/foo/{/bar/{;p;}}' sed: 1: "/foo/{/...
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How to run old 32 bit linux software in a container inside a modern 64-bit distribution

I need to create a container to run an old proprietary software that used to work in my old 32 bit computer with Ubuntu 8.04. I have been adapting this software in successive OS upgrades by linking ...
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Will a Linux executable compiled on one “flavor” of Linux run on a different one?

Will the executable of a small, extremely simple program, such as the one shown below, that is compiled on one flavor of Linux run on a different flavor? Or would it need to be recompiled? Does ...
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What to look for when mixing software in different releases of a distribution?

For instance, say hypothetically (or in reality) one was using and needed to continue using Debian Jessie, but wanted to utilize PHP7 from Debian Stretch. They might edit /etc/apt/sources.list to use ...
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How tied are Linux installations to hardware? [duplicate]

If I install Linux on a USB stick using computer A, then plug it into computer B with different hardware and try to boot and work on it, should I generally expect it to work? Or should I rather accept ...
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How to pass pseudo-file to child program?

I am using Cygwin - no, don't close yet - and I am having trouble with the <() syntax. A program refuses to accept the file descriptor that I am passing it, but other programs will accept it fine. ...
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How do I convert a package made in Arch Linux by using PKGBUILD and makepkg into a package that can be used by other Linux flavors such as centOS?

I have made a package in Arch Linux by using the PKGBUILD and makepkg method. So the file is a .pkg.tar.xz format. My goal is to be able to somehow convert this package to a format compatible with ...
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Can I use GnuPG 2 and GnuPG 1 concurrently, seeing the same keys?

Here on a Debian system I use mainly gpg2. Some (Debian packaging/signing) tools use gpg1 internally, and changing them as it should be would be infeasible. Both my gpg versions are using the same ...
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Compiled Executable

If for example I have compiled a simple C program that uses GTK 3 on a machine running Ubuntu, will I be able to run it on other Linux flavours? Note: My actual questions is "Should I label my ...
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Why must I use tabs instead of spaces in heredocs? [duplicate]

I personally work cross platform with Windows and Linux and sometimes I edit .sh files with Notepad++. It is hence problematic for me to keep all my files' tab indents as Unix-like so my solution was ...
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Any reason why find does not merge multiple slashes into one?

Is it true that find is not supposed to be doing even the most simple path unification/simplifications operations, such as coalescing multiple successive slashes together (which would be equivalent to ...
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How do I install an .rpm that fails with an error about an .so file not being found from Python 2.6?

When I try to install cloudera-manager-agent 5.7 from an .rpm I get an error. The error says that a dependency has not been met because yum could not find libpython2.6.so.1.0(64bit). I would expect ...
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Can Python 2.6.6 work with CentOS 7.3?

I expect to be able to use Python 2.6.6. with CentOS 7.3. If that is not a reasonable expectation, please say so. My goal is to use an .so file associated with Python 2.6.6. I downgraded Python ...
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Redirect directory path of misbehaving software

How one can redirect the path a software read/write its per user configuration to outside of user's home root (to ~/config instead) without root, doing crazy mount point or symlinking? The software ...
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How does x86 / x64 binary compatibility work on Linux? [duplicate]

On Windows, x64 versions of the OS can run both x86 and x64 binaries. However, x86 Windows can only run x86 binaries. Even if the underlying CPU is 64-bit capable, it cannot run x64 binaries. Is the ...
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mentor graphics pads alternative

Windows only SW: mentor graphics pads I want to move from Windows to linux, but I need this kind of SW for my work. I know some alternatives with similar functionality exist, for example KiCad, but ...
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*nix executable compatibility

I looked at this scheme and now i want to know, can one executable be runned in a two systems, which have the same ancestor? (and so probably the same kernel?) For example, according to the scheme: ...