Just curious, what directory do you download packages/apps?
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I put all of mine in /usr/src/tars so that I can use the /usr/src area to build them for installing. I download them originally to /home/guy/downloads because I have user permissions there, and Firebird will just download any tar.gz or tar.bz2 file straight to there with no questions asked. Then I have a symlink from /home/guy/downloads to /usr/src/downloads and when I want to install the package, I move it to the /usr/src area and periodically move /usr/src/*.tar* to /usr/src/tars.
There, I bet you don't really care now.