Installing newer version than in the distro's repo

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Installing newer version than in the distro's repo

Postby Jarry » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:34 pm

Sorry, probably a very basic question but.....I always install programmes from my distribution’s package repos. If installed a newer version than the official repos support (either built from source or from a deb file, Appimage or similar) would that cause any major problems. Would the two versions live in peacefully harmony or would catastrophe and general unpleasantness ensue? Should uninstall the earlier version before trying to install the newer version? Any info gratefully received.
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Re: Installing newer version than in the distro's repo

Postby M-Saunders » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:28 am

It's usually best to remove the old version. Otherwise you may end up with clashing config files, libraries and other resources, and fixing problems can be a nightmare! So unlessy you have a very specific reason to keep two versions of the same app installed, best to completely remove the old one.
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Re: Installing newer version than in the distro's repo

Postby Jarry » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:58 pm

Many thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. I'll give it a go.
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