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Old 03-09-2004, 08:04 AM   #1
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Where to install apps

Sometimes I really struggle installing apps. Not on compilation and installation more on the location.

I am fine with RPM's and source RPMS they're all automatic

Things like Java I usually install in /opt which I make myself.

In you opinion where do you install application that you want to be global to all users(like Java)


Are there standards?
Old 03-09-2004, 08:08 AM   #2
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i believe it is /usr/lib or /usr/bin, but don't trust me im a n00b
Old 03-09-2004, 08:44 AM   #3
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Yes, there are standards, but they are flexible.

/usr indicates user-available files; /usr/local usually indicates user-available files that are user-installed. As you may already know, KDE, for example, uses /opt (meaning "optional") for its main file locations, so that is also a possibility.

I would suggest doing what you find most comfortable and easy to remember. You could also do a "locate programname" to see where other programs of the type you're installing are located, and then install them to the same prefix (/usr, /usr/local; /opt; etc).

Hope this helps.


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