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Old 12-13-2006, 11:59 PM   #1
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How are binary program files placed into a directory for installation?

How are programs placed in a directory for installation? For example, I wanted to install Java so I could use the jbidwatcher sniper program. Everytime I download the Java program I get the file jre-1_5_0_09-linux-i586-rpm.bin

Does this type of file require bulding? I am just starting to use Linux and I have no idea how to install new programs outside the Xandros Network. I did try to use Xandros Network to install, but it said this was an invalid format and could only use rpm or deb file formats.
Old 12-14-2006, 12:36 AM   #2
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download the plain .bin not the rpm .bin.
the instructions to install it are here:
hope it helps.
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With most programs you should be able to get away with packages already available to your distro. Although, when compiling from source generally all executable files are put in /bin, libraries in /lib etc by default when the install command is run. You can however set your own directories by adding "--prefix= dir where you want the files." when running the config command, although remeber that if it is in a directory not set in a user's PATH it will not be executable by just typing the programme's name. You can then make links either hard or symbolic to the relative directories. Otherwise use a programme called checkinstall which will automatically create packages that you can manage via you package manager.


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