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Old 04-20-2004, 10:06 AM   #1
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little question on software installation.

Hi all,

I've got a little question on software installation..
when i install any software (whether it is from rpm, source rpm or source)..
do i first need to keep the installer files at any specific place or i can keep them any directory and i can run ("rpm" / "make") command to install the software?

recently i have downloaded mysql's source files and wanna install mysql server. the documents says..after i finish installation; the files will be take places in the following subdirectories:

*Directory* *Contents of directory*
`bin' Client programs and scripts
`include/mysql' Include (header) files
`info' Documentation in Info format
`lib/mysql' Libraries
`libexec' The `mysqld' server
`share/mysql' Error message files
`sql-bench' Benchmarks and `crash-me' test
`var' Databases and log files

so; do i need to keep the installer programs of mysql server at any mandatory directory or anywhere of the system?

2. Another thing, what is the recommanded dirctory to keep those installer files? is this "/usr/local/src" ?

Thnx in advance.

Last edited by sixth_sense; 04-20-2004 at 10:09 AM.
Old 04-20-2004, 04:25 PM   #2
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I think it is just a matter of taste. I set up a /pub directory and in it I have /pub/src, /pub/rpm and /pub/packages (for Slackware packages). I also have a /pub/doc in which I occasionally untar the Linux Documentation Project pdf collection.

On the other hand, depending on how much storage space you have, you could also just delete the source files after compilation. Once you've compiled and installed, the application you installed would probably not need to link back to the directory it was compiled in.
Old 04-20-2004, 04:43 PM   #3
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rpm, the 'make install' command etc. all slot the necessary files into place, and you can dump the installer; but you may wish the keep source code around to run 'make uninstall' to remove the compiled app later. You don't need to keep rpms to uninstall.

/usr/local/src is fine - the /usr/local area is for custom stuff and your distribution won't taper with the contents, but I do what Hussar does and make my own directory for keeping a software archive.


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