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Old 06-26-2005, 07:31 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2005
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installing software

OK I've been on mandrake 10.1 running kde for nearly 2 weeks and I'm starting to get the hang of things. What I want to know is how do I change the installation directory of software. is it different between rpms and tars? is there a setting to make the system allways ask me where to put software? is there a reason that it has to be istalled in the defual folders? the reasaon I want to change installation directories is that all the software is going on my fast little 20gig that I wanted for my OS, nothing is going on my big slower 70gig slave drive.
Old 06-26-2005, 09:16 PM   #2
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Software install directories are standard, and, unless you really know what you are doing, you should not attempt to change this. (HINT: If you ask this question, you don't know.)

Program executables are always installed in /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, /usr/local/bin and /usr/local/sbin. There is no good reason for changing this. They are only ~100mb. Also, there is no way to change the install directory when you use packages. However, you won't ever fill 20GB with programs. The executables and libraries are ~1gb, not more.

The rest is data, and goes in several places under /usr and /var. All configuration goes in /etc (with the exception of user-specific settings, which go in /home/<username>). Your files are in /home/<username>.
Have a look at:

You will have to partition your slave and mount partitions to where you need the most space. Please post the output of:
df -h
cd /; du -hcs *
cd /usr; du -hcs *
This will show where you need space.

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