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Old 10-17-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
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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

Old 10-17-2003, 12:40 PM   #2
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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.
Old 10-17-2003, 12:48 PM   #3
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ah ok thanks - i think have ALOT to learn before i understand how to customize for my hardware....



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