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This probably makes me sound really stupid. I have downloaded things, compiled and installed them (mozilla firebird for example) put them somewhere and i can run them. I just want to know what the linux equivalent of program files is so I can put an application there and everyone can use it. Do you need to move the binaries to a different directory?
Hi, binaries are usually located in /usr/bin /usr/local/bin,...when you install them. If you want users to execute any of them you have to add these directories to their PATH (they should be there by default). If even doing that they cannot execute some binary you should change the permissions, but it usualy happens with apps that should not be executed by normal users.
Generally speaking applications install themselves to /usr/bin and /usr/local/bin, but there is no enforced Linux equivalent of Program Files.
If you install by RPM then the command rpm -e [package name] will uninstall the application.
If you compile the app yourself, and then install, then it is less obvious. Lots of source packages give you instructions on installation like this:
These are standard autoconf? packages. Usually you can remove them with the command 'make remove' (from within the source directory). If you deleted the source directory, just untar it again, type './configure' and then 'make remove'. Just make sure that if you gave configure any arguments first time around, that you give the same ones this time.
Different Unix versions like their apps in different directories. For example, on HP-UX platforms, the xterm binary sits in /usr/X11/bin, while on Solaris platforms, xterm sits in /usr/openwin/bin. There is a movement to standardize where various apps should go, called the "File System Hierarchy" (FHS) standard. Go to this page: