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Old 02-24-2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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Where is the best place to download source folders to?


When installing a program from source, where is the best folder to begin the install (aka unpack the files and compile).? I'm running Ubuntu 10.10. I most recently installed PHP 5.3.10 from source and just downloaded the source folder to my desktop and that's where I kept it while installing (I know, this is probably bad practice). Does anyone have any expertise in this?
 
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Honestly, it doesn't really matter where you put them. To keep organized, I keep all of my source directories under ~/SOURCE and/or under my Downloads directory, depending what I am doing.
 
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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The default download folder : /home/<name>/Downloads/

Default build folder : /home/<name>/tmp/
( Or other folder in /home/<name>/ ).
 
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Thanks for the quick responses, I'll do this from now on. What are the consequences of moving my source files after installing? I'm assuming the program will no longer work..
 
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It will have no effect. You can move them, tar them, delete them, whatever you want. Once the program is installed, it's installed. It's similar to deleting the installation file for a Windows program after you've installed it.
 
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It will have no effect.
Unless I want to
Code:
make uninstall
the program, right?
 
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You can move the directory anywhere you want, and still run "make uninstall" from the new directory, just as long as you didn't do a "make clean" or other of that nature.
 
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Unless I want to
Code:
make uninstall
the program, right?
Still won't have any effect (unless you delete the source, then of course you won't have the makefile to run a make uninstall).
 
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I'm sorry that's what I was referring to, only if I deleted the source. Thanks for the answers, I appreciate it.
 
  


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