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Old 01-02-2005, 07:26 AM   #1
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destination dir for software installations

No lie: I have searched many times for the answer to this question, but it eludes me. I need to know how to determine the proper directory in which to install software.

I am running SuSE 9.1 with KDE 3.2. When I install packages using YaST, it's a no brainer. Installing from source requires a brain.

So I download the tar.gz file to /usr/local/src/. But at some point after that, when I've actually got an install script running, I am prompted for a destination directory. Should I select:
/usr/bin/ or
/usr/sbin/ or
/usr/local/bin or
/usr/local/sbin/ or
something else altogether?

I see that software ends up in the above directories when installed via YaST, but I don't understand the basis for selecting one destination over another.

Many thanks.

Old 01-02-2005, 07:34 AM   #2
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hi there,

i would say that there is no rule. it is a question of taste. organization.
if you use YAST try to install other things in the same target directory.
you keep everything in the same place. it is easy to control.
this organization is distro dependent.


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