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disorderly 10-17-2003 11:36 AM

compiling programs

i have a very n00b question - what exactly happens when you compile a binary program on your distro of linux?? and why would you want to do that rather than just use a pre-compiled one?
i compiled samba 3.0* yesterday and it took about an hour on my old machine -then didn't work anyway. i'm just curious :)


trickykid 10-17-2003 01:40 PM

It gives you full control over how, what and where to install to. You can compile to suit your hardware and other needs as well for maximum performance, etc.

disorderly 10-17-2003 01:48 PM

ah ok thanks - i think have ALOT to learn before i understand how to customize for my hardware....

-disorderly :)

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