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Old 11-24-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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Where to put programs?

Sorry I am a huge newb to linux, so this is a very dumb questions, but where is the best place to put my programs? Should I put them in my /bin folder as root, or should I place them in my home folder? My root folder is limited to 5.8 GB, so it does not seem like the best place for programs. My home folder has 20 somthing GB, so is seems best that I should place them in a folder like /home/username/bin or somthing like that. Anyways, thanks for the help.
Old 11-24-2005, 03:01 PM   #2
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1. Your distro plz?
2. Umm, you do not install progs in Linux like in Windoze
3. Programs put themselves where they see fit

So, if you install a program from a tar.bz2 file or a tar.gz one:

1. Untar (or as windozers say : unzip )
2. login as root
3. open terminal (if you use KDE that would be konsole)
4. CD to the cat you have the untarred file
5. type "./configure" (without the colons)
6.after that is done, type "make" (without the colons)
7. then type "make install" (without colons)

Old 11-24-2005, 03:02 PM   #3
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That's really up to you since you're administrating this box. When I compile programs, I like to put them in /usr/local/sbin so that everyone has access to them.

Old 11-24-2005, 04:06 PM   #4
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I wrote an article about that, if you're interested. See:
My site ("WWW" link) > Computing > Linux > Software / installation

Old 11-24-2005, 04:07 PM   #5
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Yes, I know you dotn install programs like in Windows. Programs like Firefox that are already compiled and dont have a install file.

Thanks twantrd.

EDIT: That is a good site, thank you.

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