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Old 09-29-2004, 07:03 AM   #1
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where to install softwares


where should I install .tar.gz (and similar) packages?
is it fine if I install them in my home directory?

thanks in advance
 
Old 09-29-2004, 07:10 AM   #2
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if it is a system wide program that you are installing, and you own the system, then /usr/bin would be the normal place for binaries to go. if it's from source then by defaul tit will go somewhere like that anyway, you shouldn't need to specify a location, the defaults will be fine.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 07:12 AM   #3
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There are those who maintain that /usr/bin is for software packaged with your operating system, and /usr/local/bin for add-on software that you install yourself, or /opt/bin for propriatory software.

But when using RPM and DEB packages, they handle the OS-packages software anyway, making the point rather moot.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 07:13 AM   #4
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Just to add to that, if the software is neither source code nor an rpm, then most definitely it will ask you for the location where to install it (shell script).

I always put such installations into a directory in the /opt directory.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 07:15 AM   #5
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perfect, thanks!
 
  


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