Installing software on a running system, either as binaries or from source. This is usually done using your system's package manager.

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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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What is the Linux equivalent to C:\Program Files?

I understand that in Windows as well as Linux and Unix, a program|application|software can be installed in any directory. Also if packages are installed using the distribution's packaging system, ...
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How do I know where to put things in linux?

Installing something in windows takes a click of a button. But every time I try to install something in linux, which is not found in APT, I get so confused. You download a zipped folder, then what? ...
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Why use install rather cp and mkdir?

I've seen in many places used install -d to create directories and install -c to copy a file. Why not use mkdir and cp? Is there an advantage in using install?
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Why updating a running Linux system is not problematic?

It's years I use Linux systems on a daily basis, and I never had major problems by updating a system when it was running, but I still wonder why this is possibile. Let me make an example. Suppose a ...
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What is the difference between building from source and using an install package?

It was wondering: when installing something, there's an easy way of double clicking an install executable file, and on the other hand, there is a way of building it from source. The latter one, ...
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Using different versions of Python

Background: Since I develop python programs that must run on different python versions, I have installed different versions of python on my computer. I am using FC 13 so it came with python 2.6 ...
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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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How to find the installation path for a software under linux?

Under linux, I launch a software by typing, e.g., fluidplot. How can I find the installation path for this software?
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How to install program locally without sudo privileges?

Assume I have ssh access to some Ubuntu server as user and I need some not system tools to be installed for convenience (mc, rtorrent, mcedit). I do not want to bother admins for these small programs. ...
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How to install tarball packages on a Debian based distribution?

I would like to know how to install .tar.bz and .tar.bz2 packages on Debian, please give me a complete explanation.
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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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Installing a .deb package in home directory

Is it possible to install a .deb package completely under my home directory at debian?
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Too much installing and uninstalling? [closed]

Is this a problem on Linux like it is one Windows? Installing and uninstalling things that end up leaving behind little bits and pieces that accumulate and have a negative effect? If so, what can I ...
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How to truely install a tar.gz file on Linux - how to manage manually-installed (or standalone) applications?

I see all these links explaining packages and .debs... I know that... and there are many kludges to get tar.gz files working (eg: update-alternatives for Java or manually dropping the file in ...
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Package: git-1.7.6.1-1.el5.rf.i386 (rpmforge) Requires: libcurl.so.3

After I run yum install git it shows the error Error: Package: git-1.7.6.1-1.el5.rf.i386 (rpmforge) Requires: libcurl.so.3 You could try using --skip-broken to work around the problem You ...
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Where can I find Software for Unix/Linux that does X?

I'm looking for a program that does X and runs on unix (or at least on my particular unix system). Where can I look? Is there a more efficient way than a generic web search?
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Where should a local executable be placed?

I have an executable for the perforce version control client (p4). I can't place it in /opt/local because I don't have root privileges. Is there a standard location where it needs to be placed under ...
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Safely uninstall a package in Gentoo

I wanted to uninstall a specific package in Gentoo and browsed through the emerge man page. I found the --unmerge option: WARNING: This action can remove important packages! Removes all ...
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How to create a list of installed packages for easy/automatic reinstall after disk is formatted

I'll change my system from 32 bits to 64 bits, and will be the same I had before, Debian Squeeze, but I do not want to lose the programs I installed before, because I do not remember the name of them ...
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where to put binaries so they are always in path and can be found easily

I am making quite some binaries, scripts etc that I want to install easily (using my own rpms). Since I want them accessible for everyone, my intuition would be to put them in /usr/bin; no need to ...
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What installer types should commercial software use to support Linux?

The source code in not open or free, so compilation at installation is not an option. So far I have seen developers that: provide a tar.gz file and it is up to user to uncompress in suitable ...
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What is the prefered way of updating all software in a Fedora installation?

When I install some system, I usually look for a bulk update method, one that will update my recently-installed software. For example, in Debian, that would be changing the sources.list to point to ...
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Why do some packages use 'make install' while other use 'sudo make install'

I recently installed LAME encoder on my server to convert wav to mp3 and that worked with './configure, make, make install; I then tried to install OGG encoder and that requires './configure, make, ...
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Should I put application into /usr/local or /usr/local/share?

What are the "standards" -- should I put application (not just binary, but entire distribution) to /usr/local or /usr/local/share. For example scala or weka -- it contains examples, binaries, ...
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How to install software on Red Hat?

What's the simplest way to download/install software on Red Hat Linux (from bash command line)?
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How to keep track of installed software

Every now and then I'm in need of updating a software running on one of our testservers at work (mostly Debian). What really confuses me almost every time is the fact that there is not just one way to ...
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Is there a Homebrew-equivalent for limited access user accounts in Linux?

I have a few Linux servers that lack necessary sudo or root permissions, and I'm feeling kind of stuck with my options: hand-compile packages to a ~/local/ folder or some equivalent work with ...
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How to make apt-get accept new config files in an unattended install of debian from Repo

I am writing a script for a unattended install of a package that is in our repo, it is a software package with one of Debian's marked config files. Is there any option that I can pass to ...
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Are there any CheckInstall side effects or should I use it every time?

I'm using Ubuntu at work and Slackware at home. Today at work I have downloaded some suspicious program from our company repository that was supposed to automate some repetitive tasks. I installed ...
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How to install exactly the same packages on another computer in openSUSE?

Another computer can be as well virtual machine. I cannot make disk clone because of hardware differences and settings. I have computer A, installed and running, I also have computer B. I will ...
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Install virtual machine as non-root?

Is it possible to install any virtual machine software as non-root user and run it ? Which VM's are possible to be installed with out need of root access ? If it is not possible what would be the ...
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Where is Netbeans installed on Ubuntu?

I installed Netbeans on my Ubuntu 11.10 machine. I used the combined method, so Netbeans and JDK are installed from a single file. However, now that it's installed I can't figure out how to start ...
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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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Installing from source. How to resolve dependencies without destroying the package manager

I don't consider myself a total noob, but compiling and installing software is a pain and problem I cannot overcome. I just want to run down through my understanding of this process with someone more ...
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How can I install perldoc on Ubuntu?

Ubuntu 10.10 comes with Perl 5.10.1 pre-installed, but strangely enough perldoc isn't part of the package. $ perldoc You need to install the perl-doc package to use this program. How can I make ...
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Install g++ when having gcc (C only) — RH6

I have a RedHat 6 machine, which came with gcc but without g++. The gcc version is 4.4.4 20100726 (this is what I got from gcc --version). How can I get g++ working? Currently, the shell just returns ...
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Where should I place a downloaded tarball?

I have downloaded the ChromePlus tarball and extracted it to my home directory. The extracted folder contains an executable that I can double-click to launch ChromePlus. So I assume I do not need to ...
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Get newest gcc for debian?

I can't build my apps on gcc since I use various c++0x features. I'm on Debian 6 (Lenny) and after upgrade/updating I have gcc version 4.4.5-8. I'm unsure which version is required but mingw 4.6.2 ...
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How to get files downloaded by yum?

I install a software package on Fedora from the terminal using the command like # yum install live-usb-creator Now at first it downloads some of the packages from online repository and then ...
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Loading 3rd-Party Drivers before Fedora 14 Installation

My server is equipped with a megaraid controller that cannot be identified by most linux installer. I have to load it's driver before installation can proceed. I know how to do it with CentOS that ...
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Fritz WLAN USB stick - Xlib/Xfree86 dev packages for installing Wine

I have installed Ubuntu 10.4 and want to install the driver for my Fritz WLAN USB stick according to http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/fritz!wlan_usb_stick (German site... sorry). Now I am trying to install ...
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How can I build and install PL/R as a non-privileged user?

There is a postgres instance, and I have the ability to build my own instance. Using these instructions I ran: USE_PGXS=1 make which worked but then USE_PGXS=1 make install did not, with this ...
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Switchable graphics drivers installation on Linux Mint

Firstly, sorry if there is something unclear in my question but English is not my native language and I will correct the question if needed. Here is my problem: I have a notebook with ATI RADEON ...
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Can I have my own version control system?

In the linux/unix machine I am using, I am just a normal user. However, I want a version control system to manage my files to prevent accidental delete/rename/lost/modification. Obviously I don't have ...
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Which is better for installed applications: /usr/bin or user's home directory?

It's not entirely clear to me whether it would be better to install a GUI application in /usr/bin or my home directory. I've read through this article and this one, but it doesn't really talk about ...
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How to install Mono in AIX?

I don't have root access to an AIX 5.2 machine and want to run Mono programs in it.
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Where to install applications

I'm a long-time Windows user in the middle of a multi-year personal migration to Linux-based development. On Windows when I installed an application it got put in the Program Files folder and I'd ...
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Why is it recommended to create a group and user for some applications?

Most of the time, when installing a program from source it is recommended to create a new user and a new group and give /usr/local/<myapp> the recently created user and group ownership. Why is ...
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Emacs on OpenBSD for DEC VAX?

I have managed to install OpenBSD 5.2 on my DEC VaxStation 4000 Model 90 but to my surprise have not found a binary for Emacs (any version) for the VAX architecture. As best as I can tell I do not see ...