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Old 01-19-2004, 10:43 AM   #1
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Downloading programs

This is such a basic question, but I wondering....
When you download and program, to which directory should you download it? I typically download into /tmp and extract it here. So then the program folder in /tmp, to which I navigate into and do the typical ./configure, make, and make install. I'm sure there is a better place to do it.

So, when downloading and installing programs, where is the best place to do this?


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I would say under /usr/something ie: /usr/local or /usr/src
You could even create a directory under usr called MyDownloads
if you want to keep it simple.
That way you can keep track of what you have installed manually.
Old 01-19-2004, 11:50 AM   #3
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Anywhere you want.

However, my recommendation is to create some sort of tree in your home dir (you only need root for make install).

eg. ~/apps

This would also help should you need to make uninstall some apps you no longer need.
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I generally download them to ~/files/downloads If it is a programme source, then I extract it to ~/files/programmes/sources
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the /opt directory is meant to be optional programs (as in downloaded or installed) but it really doesn't matter.


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