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Old 10-06-2008, 06:34 PM   #1
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installing programs - a true n00b

i just started using linux a few days ago, and i have a question about installing programs.

i unzip the tarball, run "./configure", run "make", run "make install"

now i shud be done with the process right? how do i use these programs now that they are installed?... sorry if this is a stupid question.
Old 10-06-2008, 06:38 PM   #2
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Unless you're running as root all of the time, which you shouldn't be, you need to run 'make install' as root or sudo.

Most times, there should be a Read Me file in the tarball that will tell you how to run the program. Are you running Gnome or KDE?
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The best way to install a program is to use your distro's package manager.

If you have to compile something by hand, many programs that work in a GUI will create an entry in the menu system. Non-GUI programs can usually be used by typing the name of the program on the command line, without needing to be in the relevant directory.
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problem solved, many thanks.... u'll prolly hear from me again with other questions...
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Originally Posted by BallsOfSteel View Post
Unless you're running as root all of the time, which you shouldn't be, you need to run 'make install' as root or sudo.
Using "make install" for everything will quickly turn system into unmanageable mess (do you know that "make uninstall" isn't always supported?). You should always use package manager. If package isn't available, then you should create package first and then install package. Do not use "make install" unless it's absolutely impossible to install program using package manager.


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