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Old 12-15-2003, 09:38 PM   #1
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i am currently running slackware 9.1 and use the ./configure && make && checkinstall method to keep track of tgz files and source programs. but how would i manage the .run and .bin files. Also is there a program that keeps track of all the files the program installs in all the directories?
I basically want to have complete control over what programs are installed and i dont want to go hunting and start deleting files i shouldn't.
Also I want to have a good method of putting programs where they should go, can anybody post where you put your apps and why? Thanks
P.S i am having a hard time grasping the way programs are placed in linux as windows just dumps most programs in "c:\program files\app name" and it has all the files need to run that program. Can anyone tell or direct me to a site that has this infomation? Thanks again.
 
Old 12-15-2003, 11:11 PM   #2
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First off, you should use 'installpkg' to install slackpack 'tgz' files. It will record what and where files are installed from the slackpack. To see what programs are installed, use 'pkgtool'. It is a simple, curses-based wrapper for the various Slackware pkg tools to keep track of installations.

The '.configure && make && checkinstall' command is for the source pkgs, and since you are using checkinstall instead of using the normal 'make install' command, the installation will get recorded and will be listed using 'pkgtool'.

The way programs are installed in Linux is easier for the computer, not for user convenience. All binaries are stored in one of several different locations, usually in a 'bin' or 'sbin' directory. The '/sbin' directory will be in the root user's path only and not in a normal user's path. The bin directories will be in all users' path. A few programs might install binaries in their own bin folder located in their own directory, usually under '/usr/local' This arrangement makes it easeier to use programs from the command line (simply by typing in the name of the binary), since Linux is basically a command-line OS, even though it is making some progress towards the desktop gui market. And using the command line is still the best way to configure and troubleshoot Linux, Unix, and any other Unix-like OS.

Once you get used to this arrangement, and understand about using the command line, then you can unleash the power of Linux, leaving Windows in the dust. And I'm a recent convert from Windows to Linux.............and loving it.

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Old 12-16-2003, 12:59 AM   #3
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sorry for the mix up but i do use installpkg.Sorry about wording it wrong. but mainly i wanted to know how to track .run and .bin files. Thanks
 
Old 12-16-2003, 06:55 AM   #4
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Originally posted by thegeekster
... The '.configure && make && checkinstall' command is for the source pkgs, and since you are using checkinstall instead of using the normal 'make install' command, the installation will get recorded and will be listed using 'pkgtool'.
That is not entirely correct. Checkinstall can handle slackware AFAIR. It also takes care of the binaries and the documentation .

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