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I'm a relatively newbie linux user, so I'm just wondering about this: I've installed several tar.gz programs successfully by untarring the tar.gz file into a directory, then using ./configure, make, make install, (and make clean... about this, is it neccessary? and what exactly does it clean out?);
Then after compiling and installing the program, I sent the directory of untarred files to the trash... But for some reason when I try to empty the trash, or delete the files, it says access is denied... is this because they're being used or something, and can i delete them, or am I supposed to leave the untarred folder there?
Thanks- btw, i dun think it should matter but i'm running mandrake 9.1
I tried changing the ownership with the commands you gave, and it works now, i can delete the files... I suppose its because I did the ./configure, make etc under the Konsole in super user mode... should I not do this? I know its not very smart to log in as root with graphical interface, but shouldn't i use root for installing all programs to avoid problems with not being able to modify certain directories/files?
Distribution: Lots of distros in the past, now Linux Mint
It's just a safety thing. For a lot of home users/small business people, it's pointless, but if you're running a large network, you don't want people in there adding and deleting things willy-nilly. Therefore, if you want to install files, you want to be root, and by the same token, to remove them, you want to be root as well.