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Old 07-13-2004, 06:41 AM   #1
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Where to install software?

I have two computers running with Mandrake linux 10 and I would like to know in which directory I should install software i.e. firefox or thunderbird.

I mean, I could install it under /var or /user, but what is the best place to install it to.

In Windows you've got something calles program files. Does Linux have something like that?
Old 07-13-2004, 07:11 AM   #2
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Of couse, but should this be done by the package manger itself ?

For tar balls the is the following recommendation (short form):
/sbin = important programms to boot and only for root
/bin = usual programms like "ls"
/opt = as it says optional programms, not required for run the system
often also /usr/local/bin/

And your /home, if it is just for you.

If you can, use a package manager like rpm, they can check the if other required packages are there and match (right version). You can remove a package easily and check later if it's been changed.


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