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Old 11-06-2004, 07:14 AM   #1
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where to install software

I was installing firefox when firefox asked where to install program files(as its called in windows), i choose my home dir. The installation went smooth. But now i want other user of my computer to able to use firefox. I am using Fedora Core 2. After logging into their dir i was unable to create a link in the panel(the one that contains the redhat symbol-start menu). It was understandable that my files b unaccessible for others. But i want to know where should i install the Program files, so that everybody has a copy of their software. In the case of firefox the users should have their private collection of bookmark, history, etc.

Thank you,

with regards,
Old 11-06-2004, 07:46 AM   #2
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make a symbolic link somewhere in everyone's path to the binary.
Old 11-06-2004, 11:48 AM   #3
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or install it as root to /usr/lib/firefox
Old 11-06-2004, 01:52 PM   #4
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Originally posted by proudclod
or install it as root to /usr/lib/firefox
Either that, or in /opt/firefox

Some distributions place for installed files is in /usr/lib

and some of them it's in /opt

I personally use /opt though my distro seems to put it in /usr/lib

Every distro has an /opt and if the distro doesn't use it for files by default it'll just be an empty directory.
Old 11-06-2004, 01:58 PM   #5
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I tend to install things into /usr/lib or /usr/local.
Old 11-06-2004, 05:16 PM   #6
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Old 11-06-2004, 07:19 PM   #7
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i agree, put stuff in /usr so everyone can see it


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