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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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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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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“No such file or directory” lies on Optware installed binaries

I've been using Optware to install packages on my ARM-based NAS for a while - the usual stuff like Transmission, Samba and others. However, I'd been having problems with Transmission hanging not long ...
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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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Installation on debian 5 32-bit without being a root

I am new to Linux and I am trying to install Skype and Google Chrome on my desktop. It runs Debian 5 32-bit. I downloaded the packages from the web but I have no idea how to install them. I have ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Install R in my own directory

How can I install a new version of R in my own directory, e.g., /local/data/project/behi.
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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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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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Install Compiler, GCC, in SCO

I am having difficulty trying to install the GCC compiler in SCO, but can't get it to work. I have used an FTP to transfer some files (.tar.gz) to /u/test/installgnu/ and I extracted the files, but ...
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“sudo: apt-get: command not found.” after removing some packages

Recently I executed this command: sudo apt-get remove debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring To prevent this such error message: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! openerp ...
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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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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 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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Handbrake for wheezy?

Has anyone figured out how to install/backport a Debian Handbrake package on Debian wheezy? The only version of Handbrake currently in Debian is in experimental, and the dependencies are not available ...
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How to install lsblk on CentOS 5

I'm more used to Debian so yum and CentOS is a little new to me. Apparently, lsblk is not available on this system. I'm trying to install it via yum with no luck. I just get "nothing to do". I ...
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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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Into which directory should I install programs in Linux?

I want to install a program in Linux and run it as a daemon. (Team Speak 3 in this case, but the question is general in nature). There is no package provided, only tarred binaries. Where in directory ...
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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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How to unpack a downloaded tar.bz2 archive?

I downloaded YOONO-Desktop from http://www.yoono.com/, and I try to install it with the following steps: [root@localhost mpatil]# tar xfv yoono-destop-1.8.43.tar tar: yoono-destop-1.8.43.tar: Cannot ...
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Unable to install skype on LMDE,how to resolve these dependencies?

I have downloaded "multiarch" .deb file for latest skype and unable to install it on latest version of LMDE (linux mint debian edition Xfce x86_64). e.g step one : sudo dpkg -i ...
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How to install LXDM instead of GDM3?

I'm running Debian Wheezy and my default Display Manager is GDM3, and I would like to replace it with LXDM. The problem is that I'm trying to run # apt-get install lxde and it's not working, what am I ...
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Installing Kino fails with missing file linux/videodev.h

I'm running into a brick wall here, I'm getting an error on the command: make in installing Kino(Video Editing Software(Dead Project)). Here is the error: make[3]: Leaving directory ...
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How to find whether a software (which may `not` be in the PATH) is pre-installed or not?

anisha@linux-dopx:~> which qmake which: no qmake in ...
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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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Unable to Pull EPEL repository Metadata

Installing Nginx on Scientific Linux according this documentation fails: [vagrant@localhost ~]$ sudo su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epe l/6/x86_64/epel-release-6-8.noarch.rpm' ...
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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 install g++ 4.7.2 & c++11 on CentOS 5.x?

I'm trying to install the latest stable g++ and c++11. My host did it through yum install and thought that it was the latest, but it's not, and they are now saying that this is beyond their level of ...
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How to make Linux application (all in one fille) installer?

I am working on some Linux application. It is the right moment to start thinking about deployment. So my question is: How to create a one file installer like for example *.run or *.sh files that ...
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Making ruby available to all users

I intend to use Ruby when programming my Raspberry Pi which is running the Debian based Occidentals. Via SSH, I executed: curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby which downloaded the ...
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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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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 Gentoo packages as an ordinary user (non-root)

Is it possible to install Gentoo packages (ebuild-enabled programs, programs with support for portage) as an ordinary user (non-root) to one's own home directory (--prefix=$HOME or sth. like that)?
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Non-Ebuild Programs on Gentoo

I like the "compile it yourself" philosophy that Gentoo runs on, but how is the support for non-ebuild programs? That might just mean binaries, but also programs in general that were not acquired ...
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How to specify a higher ruby version for installing a gem?

I install a ruby package. $ sudo gem install pdfbeads ERROR: Error installing pdfbeads: nokogiri requires Ruby version >= 1.9.2. says that it needs ruby version greater than 1.9.1. My ...
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How to install kvm in Debian (Lenny) over powerpc

I am emulating powerpc using qemu-system-ppc on top of x86, and running debian-lenny-ppc with it. I want to install kvm inside that debian. I have learned that the kvm and qemu-kvm packages are not ...
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What does /usr/bin/install do besides copying?

Does make install with a Makefile most of the time call /usr/bin/install? What necessary work does /usr/bin/install do besides copying the just compiled files to /usr/bin/local? The man page says ...
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Installing GCC 4.5 on Fedora 16

The default GCC package available in the Fedora 16 repositories is gcc-4.6. I need to install gcc-4.5 on my system. I downloaded the packages from the kijo repository, but when I try to install them ...
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Where should I copy-paste-install software to?

I'm installing IntelliJ, and the readme tells me to choose an installation folder. Where is a good, standard place to put installed programs?
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Installing vpnc on CentOS

I'm currently attempting to establish a vpn connection, but I am unable to install a vpn client. I assumed installation would be as simple as sudo yum install vpnc, but CentOS is unable to find the ...
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httpd-devel requires outdated version of glibc-common on CentOS 6.3

httpd-devel requires an outdated version of glibc-common on CentOS 6.3 x86_64 and Apache/2.2.15. It wants 2.12-1.80.el6 and I have 2.12-1.80.el6_3.3.x86_64 installed (via CentOS @update repo) Here is ...
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switching from user to root and revers (FreeBSD)

I want to make some modification with root and then with my user, in fact I want to install sudo and he give me the error in the first step: cd /usr/ports/security/sudo make install clean ...
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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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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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Installing OpenVPN to replace Cisco VPN because Cisco will not work with the kernel I am on or downgrade instead?

I had difficulties installing Cisco5.0 VPN on my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I asked for assistance in this question: link to previous question. The answer is that this Cisco program will run on only older ...