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3answers
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Source files with `*.in` extension

When poking around in some source code trees, sometimes I encounter files with extension "*.in", typically for non-compiled files that belong somewhere under /etc or /usr/share. For example, in ...
4
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4answers
77 views

When should one compile and install from source?

To install software on a Linux system, many tools like yum, apt-get, rpm, dpkg and so on are available to either fetch a package from a repository or install a downloaded package. Alternatively, it ...
0
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2answers
65 views

Building from source on linux - mess in installed packages [duplicate]

Everytime when I want to build application from source on linux, I have to install dependencies libraries in my operating system (ubuntu). Typical scenario: Start ./configure Got error about missing ...
2
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0answers
480 views

“Kernel panic - not syncing” after building Centos-6/elrepo 3.10.19 kernel from source

I need to rebuild the Centos-6 / elrepo 3.10.19 kernel from source. Background: the GVision touch screen drivers are incompatible with kernels > 3.8 and require source code patches to add code to ...
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3answers
75 views

How do I know on which IDE to edit a project's source code?

EDIT: Thanks to all answerers and commenters, there's enough material to keep me busy for a while ! I recently switch to Linux and wanted to do my first development steps with the following ...
1
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1answer
45 views

Where to place source code for applications compiled from source?

In the past when I have compiled applications from source I have extracted the source code to ~/src and compiled from there. I realize now that there may be no need for me to create the ~/src ...
1
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1answer
79 views

How can I build fdupes from source on Ubuntu?

I would like to make a few changes to the fdupes code. I know I can grab the source code from the website - but is there a better way on Ubuntu / Debian? After getting the source this way where is ...
2
votes
1answer
143 views

Build binary and dependencies without sudo

I want to install a piece of software (rtorrent) from source to my home folder. It depends on ncurses, which is not installed. I've installed ncurses to my home folder by using the PREFIX option ...
2
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1answer
1k views

How do I remove/uninstall a program that I have complied from source? [duplicate]

How do I remove a program that I have compiled from source using the ./configure; make; make install method? Does it matter whether I have kept the original directory that the source was stored in or ...
2
votes
1answer
163 views

How should I install software from source so that I can make my configuration manageable and reproducible?

I work with a lot of scientific software on Linux distributions (normally Debian variants and Red Hat variants). In order to maximize performance and get access to the latest features, it's often ...
1
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0answers
502 views

Build Chromium from source

I'm using Fedora 16 and I've successfully compiled Chromium from source (the first time I compiled something from source) a while back following these instructions: ...
9
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2answers
1k views

Why are there no -dev packages in Arch Linux?

I understand that source based distributions like Gentoo or Slackware do not need *-dev versions of programs. They include the source code as well as header files for compiling everything locally. ...
0
votes
1answer
271 views

Clang/LLVM Install Within Slackware?

I would like to install the Clang/LLVM compiler suite within Slackware since I use it as my default C conpiler for my C programming assignments. I am currently building it within a build directory ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Why does 'make' complain about a missing rule when I try to build a program from source?

I am a Linux novice, and I am attempting to compile scientific software called DL_POLY_Classic. I downloaded the zip file dl_class_1.6.tar.gz and unzipped it using the command tar xvzf ...
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2answers
1k views

What are the advantages of building tools/libs from source?

By building from source do you gain any benefits? Is the code better optimized to your hardware architecture? Is it optimized better in general? Why would someone choose to build from source rather ...
1
vote
2answers
167 views

How can I compile unclutter to my embedded linux? (newbie)

I got the source code of unclutter using apt-get source unclutter, and copied the files to my embedded system. Now, how can I compile it? --update I've tried this answer: How to compile and install ...
5
votes
4answers
98 views

Get list of required libraries when installing something from source

When installing something from source (say, Ruby 1.9.2), what command can I run to get a complete list of all the dependencies needed to install that application? Is this possible?
13
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5answers
790 views

How to compile and install programs from source

This is an issue that really limits my enjoyment of Linux. If the application isn't on a repository or if it doesn't have an installer script, then I really struggle where and how to install an ...
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13answers
965 views

Distros that support compiling from source

A long time ago I used to use FreeBSD with its ports system and after that Gentoo for portage in order to install applications via compiling from source. I did this in order to directly target my ...