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Old 03-25-2006, 01:01 AM   #1
Envision5000
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Question Where do I install my downloaded programs?


When I download programs where do I install them.

Which folder do they go into?

linux:/ # ls
. .. bin boot dev etc home lib lib64 media mnt opt proc root sbin srv subdomain sys tmp usr var windows
 
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There are several conventions--the most common being /usr, /usr/local, and /opt You can basically take your pick.

sometimes the install script will have a default--which can normally be overridden.

To run the program, you need to create a link or put the executable name in your $PATH.
 
Old 03-25-2006, 03:35 AM   #3
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RPMs will automatically install into the correct directories. If you download a tarball and manually compile it, specify /usr/local or /opt, which are designated for custom and third-party applications respectively. Installing into other system directories may cause problems, because it is expected that you will manage those through RPMs.
 
  


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