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I've managed to install GAIM that was an RPM (using the graphical interface) and GKrellM-1.2.12 that was a tar.gz, god I'm good... lol
Anyhow, there's something I'm not too clear about, when we install a package, where are the files installed, and what am I supposed to do with the installation file (gaim-0.58-1.i386.rpm)? Am I supposed too keep in somewhere on the HDD or can I just get rid of it?
Ok that was for RPM packages, what about compressed files (*.tar.gz/bz2), once they're decompressed and I used to command "make" or "make install", again what am I supposed to do with the files?
And where is the actual application stored when it's installed, it's not like in Windows where they're stored at a specific location (e.g. C:\Program Files\Application) and where the application should be loaded from is it?
you can delete the rpm files fine. in theory you should keep any source on your system in /usr/src for easy removal etc.
as to where programs go.. personally i never really understand why so many newbies as this question... i don't really see why it matters. each program will not get it's own directoy (excluding BIG things like Mozilla etc..) executables go in a bin directory /bin/ /usr/bin/ /usr/local/bin depending on what they are, and their libraries will go into a lib directory of a similar location.
well no you should compile stuff in /usr/src/ in the first place. there is no big system involved in it.. it's just a standard place to put them, and you'd just do a make uninstall in the source directoy to reomove them
what do you mean by I should compile stuff, do you mean I should compress the files all together and then drop them in the /usr/src? But that would mean the I'd have to unpack them again when I want to uninstall them ?
When you 'compile' you do the 'make' and 'make install' thing. So he is saying you should download your .src.tar.gz files to your /usr/src directory. Untar them there, then 'compile' them in there as well. It won't make a difference now if you move them, go ahead and pick them up and put them in the /usr/src directory. But in the future, for organization and sort of a standard, do it all in 1 step. d/l straight to /usr/src if it's a .src.tar.gz file.