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Different versions of OpenBabel in Debian-based and other Linux systems

mirix
I have built the development version of OpenBabel in Ubuntu. However, regardless of installation directory, it conflicts with the stable version of OpenBabel installed through the package manager. If I remove that version (installed in /usr as opposed to /usr/local), the development version works perfectly.

The problem is that there are a number of applications, such as Avogadro or Gabedit, that depend on the OpenBabel package (and therefore are removed if one removes OpenBabel).

I have tried to set up different environmental variables to have the development version of OpenBabel search /usr/local, but the only way I was able to have it working was by removing the stable version. Is there a way for both versions to coexist on a Linux system?
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Re: Different versions of OpenBabel in Debian-based and other Linux systems

Noel O'Boyle
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Sure. You can have as many installations as you want. Try installing locally.

On 29 Mar 2016 2:51 p.m., "mirix" <[hidden email]> wrote:
I have built the development version of OpenBabel in Ubuntu. However,
regardless of installation directory, it conflicts with the stable version
of OpenBabel installed through the package manager. If I remove that version
(installed in /usr as opposed to /usr/local), the development version works
perfectly.

The problem is that there are a number of applications, such as Avogadro or
Gabedit, that depend on the OpenBabel package (and therefore are removed if
one removes OpenBabel).

I have tried to set up different environmental variables to have the
development version of OpenBabel search /usr/local, but the only way I was
able to have it working was by removing the stable version. Is there a way
for both versions to coexist on a Linux system?




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Re: Different versions of OpenBabel in Debian-based and other Linux systems

Jeff Janes
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On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 6:19 AM, mirix <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I have built the development version of OpenBabel in Ubuntu. However,
> regardless of installation directory, it conflicts with the stable version
> of OpenBabel installed through the package manager. If I remove that version
> (installed in /usr as opposed to /usr/local), the development version works
> perfectly.
>
> The problem is that there are a number of applications, such as Avogadro or
> Gabedit, that depend on the OpenBabel package (and therefore are removed if
> one removes OpenBabel).
>
> I have tried to set up different environmental variables to have the
> development version of OpenBabel search /usr/local, but the only way I was
> able to have it working was by removing the stable version. Is there a way
> for both versions to coexist on a Linux system?

What specific problem are you having?

I know that obtautomer is pretty screwed up in the way it loads
libraries, but other than that things seem to mostly just work for me.

I used to have a lot of problems with it, until I discovered that
LD_LIBRARY_PATH is the problem, not the solution to the problem.

Cheers,

Jeff

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