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Old 12-14-2002, 11:21 AM   #1
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general installation help

ok i have a question. thats why i'm here.

when i install something either with tarballs or by running a binary like for java virtual machine (i dont know how to tell whether one is for plugins and one is for standalone apps or if there is a difference in any way) does the machine automatically install all the separate parts into the proper dirs of /usr/lib /usr/bin or whatever applies, or do i need to be working with the files already in a certain dir? i can't see java things on my web browser despite having installed it (i think) so i wonder if its in the right directory.

here is what i think... this is somewhat unrelated.

in windows, it was like this.

>program files
>>program-- and all the files are sorted by program

whereas in linux if it is not a program intimately connected to booting, the separate running files would go into their respective folders in /usr. is this a correct assumption?
Old 12-14-2002, 12:37 PM   #2
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Programs don't HAVE to go in /usr, most of them can go anywhere.
To install a tarball:
tar zxvf filename
cd DirectoryThatWasJustCreated
If there's a file named INSTALL run: cat INSTALL | more
If there's one named README replace INSTALL with README above
Follow the directions in README/INSTALL.


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