Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 10-25-2004, 10:52 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Distribution: Fedora Core
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: 0
where to install programs to

Ok kinda a stupid question but is there a standard as to where i should install by programs to. For example in windows usually programs are put into the Programs folder. sorry if there is a previous thread.
Old 10-25-2004, 11:23 PM   #2
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: US
Distribution: Fedora Core 1
Posts: 43

Rep: Reputation: 15
Hey that's not a stupid question at all! I kind of wondered the same thing myself at first (only a couple months ago, but it's amazing how fast you learn). I guess my suggestion would be your home directory or create a Program Files type directory in your home directory, but, as far as I know, there really is no standard. Although alot of programs will pick a spot for themselves automatically when they install.

Hope I helped!
Old 10-26-2004, 06:42 AM   #3
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678Reputation: 678
Applications that you install as root, such as rpm packages, and tarballs will install under the /usr hierarchy. Executables will go in /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin. Libraries also installed go in /usr/lib or /usr/local/lib. The /usr directory contains the same directories as the root directory (e.g. bin, lib, sbin ). There is another location at /usr/local which again contains these directories. According to the Linux Hierarchy Standard, this is where programs you install yourself should go. Also, this directory is untouched when upgrading linux.

However, the programs will install where the people who wrote the packages decide.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
can't install g++ so I can't compile and install any programs musicmaniac414 Linux - Software 12 02-06-2008 09:31 PM
How to install programs ??????? antisocialiting Linux - Newbie 6 08-15-2005 02:03 AM
Programs Won't Install dumbsheep Linux - Newbie 9 01-11-2005 12:39 PM
How do I install programs?? twitch88 Linux - Newbie 4 07-22-2004 04:02 PM
Can't install programs tagbre Linux - Newbie 5 12-30-2003 06:28 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:21 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration