ok, thanks for responding so quickly. i found checkinstall on the slackware cd, and installed it using pkgtool. so then i cd'd to /aterm-0.4.2 and ran ./configure and make. no errors, everything looked good. ran checkinstall aterm.lsm (hit tab and this is what it gave me). it then said that the package documentation directory did not exist, would i like to create a default set, and i said yes.
Preparing pacakge documentation...OK
Installing with "aterm.lsm"...
========== Installation Results =======================
Copying documentation directory...
/var/tmp/bLiXVLWaHcdUmdRBbVRU/installscript.sh: line 16: aterm.lsm: command not found
**** Installation failed. Aborting package creation.
??? i'm gonna try doing makepkg, see if i get better results. in the meantime, how can i tell it where to install? the whole ROOT: thing confuses me...i'm not sure that's what i need to do.
If you pass the ROOT environment variable before installpkg, that path will be used for the root directory. This is useful for setting up new drives for your root directory. They will typically be mounted to /mnt or something other than /.
that doesn't sound like a way to install to a specific destination, but i can't tell.