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Old 03-09-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
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Where do YOU install your apps? (Mult-user env.)

For example:

1. Java development kit (JDK)

2. Opera web browser

3. A nifty game
Old 03-09-2007, 04:58 PM   #2
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I put all all those ready-to-run binary packages such as firefox, opera, openoffice etc to /opt.
Old 03-09-2007, 05:08 PM   #3
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I put such software in /opt/progname, where progname is whatever program you're installing; that way it's easy to delete when I need to update it. Since I use Ubuntu and have tens of thousands of software packages already available, the only stuff that goes in here is development and proprietary stuff. As a result, it's either never changing (proprietary like JBuilder and CMAP Tools) or always changing (Sylpheed development branch, Emacs Unicode 2 from CVS). Sticking such things into /opt/emacs makes it easy to just wipe it out completely when it's time to fetch and compile again. Of course, you have to add a lot of directories to your search and man paths, but I think it can save a lot of headaches later.
Old 03-09-2007, 07:55 PM   #4
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You should put them in either /opt/progName or /usr/local/progName, where progName is the name of the program. It is a good idea if you are doing this to make sure all the programs directories are in either of the above, and then create a symbolic link to the executable in /usr/bin.

Old 03-13-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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