Compiling is the process of transforming source code into byte codes for a particular computer architecture.

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Keeping track of programs

When I install a simple program it often uses make && make install and doesn't often even have an uninstall target. If I wish to upgrade a program, is it standard protocol to assume it just ...
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Configuring, compiling and installing a custom Linux kernel

I'd like to try using a kernel other than the one provided by my distro -- either from somewhere else, or as customized by me. Is this difficult or dangerous? Where do I start?
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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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Where should I put software I compile myself?

I need to compile some software on my Fedora machine. Where's the best place to put it so not to interfere with the packaged software?
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Installing from source - do I need to keep the extracted tarball directory

If I'm installing from source, do I need to keep the extracted tarball directory? So if I download the git tarball. I then do: tar -xvzf git.tar.gz This will create a git.x.x. directory, into ...
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Kernel can't find /dev/sda file during boot

I configured a gentoo kernel (kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r5), but when I boot it can't mount /dev/sda1: ALERT! /dev/sda1 does not exist . Dropping to a shell . I use the shell to go to the /dev ...
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Where do executables look for shared objects at runtime

The title is pretty explicit. I understand how to define include shared objects at linking/compile time. However I still wonder how do executables look for the shared object (*.so libraries) at ...
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best way to set up separate linux environment in ~

I do most of my work (involves a lot of C/Python) on a development server that is shared with several other people. As a result we all seem to do a bit of the system administration chores (there is ...
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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?
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Why is FreeBSD deprecating GCC in favor of Clang/LLVM?

So I was surfing the net and stumbled upon this article. It basically states that FreeBSD, starting from Version 10 and above will deprecate GCC in favor of Clang/LLVM. From what I have seen around ...
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What is the benefit of compiling your own linux kernel?

What benefit could I see by compiling a Linux kernel myself? Is there some efficiency you could create by customizing it to your hardware?
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Is it possible to compile a full Linux system with Intel's compiler instead of GCC?

Perhaps this is a stupid idea? Maybe there are some compatibility issues? I have the impression that for Intel-based systems, the Intel compiler would potentially do a better job than GCC. Perhaps ...
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How do I apply software patches?

I have an application foobar for which someone has written a patch to add a feature I like. How can I use the patch?
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Compiling code from vim

New to vim and and I want to be able to compile code from within vim without running a new terminal and calling the compiler. How do I go about doing this? Note that this requirement is not ...
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How to build a custom kernel? [duplicate]

I want to test an (upstream) custom kernel on Fedora. The plan so far is: use a recent fedora config as starting point, e.g. /boot/config-3.6.6-1.fc17.x86_64 lookup build dependencies lookup right ...
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What is an effective method for installing up-to-date software on an out-dated production machine?

Apologies if this has been asked already, but I'm such a beginner, I'm not even able phrase a search query for this. Background My company uses a small out-dated cluster (CentOS 5.4) to do number ...
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How to build dnscrypt plugins?

I tried to build a plugin for DNSCrypt, but it keeps telling me that it needs some other files. I need to know how I can build it, and I've never compiled a package from scratch. I've always been ...
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Mystery of binary files

This is about files straight from the compiler, say g++, and the -o (outfile) flag. If they are binary, shouldn't they just be a bunch of 0's and 1's? When you cat them, you get unintelligible ...
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How to add folders and file before compiling kernel

I'm building custom Android Kernel based on Cyanogenmod ROM' kernel source code. What I need to do is to add folders and files into the root folder of the OS ("/"). For instance, after having ...
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What are the required build dependencies of mesa for Debian-based distros? [closed]

My target is about playing Team Fortress 2 on Kali Linux (a Debian Wheezy stable distribution with customized Debian Sid kernel) since a long time now, but couldn't because of the following graphical ...
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Compile a program without sudo access

I am connected to a linux system with SSH in my college. I found that ctorrent is a console alternative of bitorrent. I have downloaded the tar.gz source but to compile/install it needs sudo access ...
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Adding Objective C compiler to GCC 4.7.2

I finished building the GCC 4.7.2 with C, C++ and Go compilers on my Ubuntu 12.04. I now want to add the Objective C compiler, is it possible to add it to the previous build? If so, how should i ...
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how to build lc tool in linux?

lc----A tool to count lines of code in C files. The make file of lc is given as below SHELL=/bin/sh CC=cc # Objects we link together. OBJ=lc.o get.o all: $(OBJ) $(CC) -o lc $(OBJ) ...
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How to compile the C compiler from scratch, then compile Unix/Linux from scratch

Let's say I work for a large services organisation outside the US/UK. We use UNIX and Linux servers extensively. Reading through this article it mentions that it would be easy to insert a backdoor ...
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What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?

What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?
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Is automake and autoconf the standard way to compile code?

I sometimes compile apps from source and I've either been using: ./configure make sudo make install But recently, I came across ./autogen.sh which generates the configure and make scripts for me ...
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Packages to rebuild after upgrading gcc on gentoo systems

Which packages should be rebuilt after upgrading gcc on a gentoo system? Is it sufficient to run # emerge -a --oneshot `equery depends gcc |awk '{print " ="$1}'` as suggested similar for perl in ...
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Why does FreeBSD use the GPL-licensed GCC?

Why does FreeBSD use GCC as its default compiler? I am under the impression that a core pillar of the FreeBSD philosophy is not to use any GNU software and in particular, GPL code. Yet GCC which is ...
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How to include local header files in linux kernel module

Say I have a module mymod with source files as follows: src/mod/mymod.c src/inc/mymod.h I try to include mymod.h as follows #include <mymod.h> My makefile contains EXTRA_CFLAGS= ...
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Automatically apply module patch and compile kernel when updated?

I've recently applied a one-line patch to drivers/bluetooth/btusb.c in order to enable compatibility with my Bluetooth device. However, whenever I get a kernel upgrade, the patch will be lost until ...
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Effect of compiling from source on already installed applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04. Say I have installed package x from the repository (with all its dependencies) at version 1.7 but I need some functionality that is only available in version 1.8, so I download the ...
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“No such file or directory” when executing a cross-compiled program on a Raspberry Pi

I recently bought a Raspberry Pi. I already have configured it, and I install a cross compiler for arm on my desktop (amd64). I compiled a simple "hello world" program and then I copy it from my ...
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On Gentoo, how do I rebuild all packages depended on some other package?

I made mistake and changed perl non-threaded version to threaded by unmerge first, change USE flags to include ithreads and emerge perl again. Now most packages depending on perl are broken. How do I ...
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Linux kernel manual build: resulting binary is 10 times larger than precompiled binaries

I'm using Linux Mint 13 MATE 32bit, I'm trying to build the kernel (primarily for experience and for fun). For now, I like to build it with the same configuration as precompiled kernel, so firstly ...
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Unable to load module: Disagrees about version of symbol module_layout

Following this tutorial to write my first driver. The Makefile is: # Makefile – makefile of our first driver # if KERNELRELEASE is defined, we've been invoked from the # kernel build system and can ...
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Edit and recompile individual program

whereis pwd pwd: /bin/pwd /usr/include/pwd.h /usr/share/man/man1/pwd.1.gz The pwd in the binary folder is not the same as type pwd pwd is a shell builtin so wouldn't it be harmless to do some ...
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How do I search for Linux distro build tools?

After having worked through Linux From Scratch, I get the eerie feeling that in practice, this is not how new distros are built. How do I search for tools that other distributions are built with? Is ...
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How to make EDID

I read the post here and I tried to make do with what I understood from the post but here are some questions: Where is the /lib/firmware located in for example /usr/src/linux/lib/firmware or ...
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Make does not compile modules. Error: Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 0 modules

I have banana pi and installed debian with kernel 3.19.3-bananapi from http://www.igorpecovnik.com/2014/09/07/banana-pi-debian-sd-image/ So I want to compile a module so I downloaded kernel from ...
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LFS 7.5 - Glibc-2.19 compile errors at section 6.9, are they fatal to my LFS build?

I am using a host Ubuntu 14.04 system, and I am currently going through the Linux From Scratch guide here. At section 6.9, http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/chapter06/glibc.html, after ...
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Compile the Ubuntu “Raring” Kernel with the Intel Compiler

Of course, the first question is: why I'm doing this. Just for fun! I'm learning more about Linux kernels and I have a virtual machine that I can replace in 15 minutes. Getting to business, I don't ...
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I need a step by step guide to build kernel modules in ChrUbuntu

I don't have experience building kernel modules. And worse, I'm trying to do it on ChrUbuntu, so it seems that I cannot follow the existing Ubuntu guides. For example, this command fails: # apt-get ...
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__modver_version_show undefined error during make

Platform: Ubuntu 11.10 64bit Kernel to be compiled: 3.2.1 Error after make: ERROR: "__modver_version_show" [drivers/staging/rts5139/rts5139.ko] undefined! To solve this I copied the .config file of ...
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Error Installinig Kernel on Centos (from Source)

I am running GNU/Linux (Centos 6) on kernel 2.6.32-431.17.1.el6.x86_64. I am trying to update the kernel to 3.2.61. I performed the following steps inside the 3.2.61 folder structure: make ...
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How do I install GCC on a system with no compiler?

I've been messing around with my NAS which runs on Linux. I have root access, but there is no compiler. I seem to remember something about being able to compile on another system, but I'm not certain. ...
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How do you separate /bin and /sbin when making an RPM?

I'm trying to make a redis RPM using fpm When I run the following commands, all binaries are installed to /tmp/installdir/usr/local/bin cd /tmp/redis2-8 PREFIX=/tmp/installdir/usr/local/ make ...
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/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lcrypt (rhel 6 )

System info [root@xilinx busybox-1.22.1]# uname -r 2.6.32-71.el6.x86_64 Following errors come when I make busybox on rhel 6: /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lcrypt collect2: ld returned 1 exit status ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs after new kernel compile

So I've been at this for a while and have been poking around for an answer for a few days, and figure it's about time to ask for help. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 in VMWare Fusion, and have downloaded ...
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Stripped down Kernel for a Laptop

I am a Linux noob, but I am willing to learn. My immediate objective is to compile a small kernel for my laptop without sacrificing usability. I am familiar with the kernel compilation steps (don't ...
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NetBSD 5.1 NDIS Kernel Compile Error

I have an old Toshiba Satellite 4015CDT, with Pentium II MMX, 32MB RAM, 4GB HDD. It also has one USB 1.0 port, parallel and serial ports, a 3.5" floppy drive and a CD-ROM drive (almost dead). I've ...