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Old 11-01-2004, 10:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy Where do you install software?

Is there a specific location where new software should be installed? For example, I downloaded Firefox and it wants to install it in the current folder ("/home/rodney") doesn't seem logical to put generic applications everyone would use in my home folder. Should I be using something like /opt?
Old 11-01-2004, 10:57 PM   #2
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You can use /opt or /usr/local. Obvously you will need to be root to install to these locations.

If you install firefox to /usr/local/firefox, you will need to create a symbolic link to the executable in /usr/bin
ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin
This is beacause the executable needs to be in your PATH so that you can type "firefox" in an xterm to start it.

I hope this helps, and welcom to LQ
Old 11-01-2004, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help, it's working great!


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