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0answers
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Installing R 3.1.1 (programming language) on debian wheezy

I want to learn and use R, and so I need to install it. Unfortunately, Wheezy got only 2.15 version, while I need 3.1.1. I followed these instructions: http://cran.r-project.org/bin/linux/debian/ and ...
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4answers
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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, ...
1
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2answers
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What is SVN snapshot?

In the last lines of website http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation it says Optional tools Download the latest SVN snapshot from http://ffmpeg.org/releases/ Unpack and ...
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1answer
141 views

Difference between .tar.gz.asc, git.tar.bz2 and .tar.bz2

I have a Mac running OSX 10.9.1 and I want to install Gerris and its dependencies. In the last lines of the page I have to install ffmpeg. But there are lots of releases of ffmpeg. Which one I should ...
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1answer
77 views

Failed make when installing madplay source

I am attempting to get madplay installed on my shared host I've run: ./configure --prefix=$HOME CPPFLAGS="-I /home/dir/include" LDFLAGS="-L /home/dir/lib" and then "make", but on that on run into ...
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4answers
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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 ...
2
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1answer
82 views

How can I determine the date when a piece of software was installed from source?

I've been asked to find out when a specific version of software was installed. The only thing I have to go on are the modification times of the directories in question. I'm having a hard time ...
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1answer
372 views

How to install kdesudo in OpenSUSE 12.3

I'm hoping this is a stupid question with a simple answer, but I've been hunting around for half an hour and cannot find a way to install kdesudo in OpenSUSE 12.3. I need to use kdesudo because kdesu ...
2
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1answer
183 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 ...
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0answers
855 views

How to install TortoiseHG on RHEL 5.3 from source?

I have been trying to install TortoiseHG with the yum command on my RedHat system and have been struggling. I thought perhaps I should install it from the source. I used the instructions here and ...
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7answers
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How to install .tar.bz and .tar.bz2 packages?

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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1answer
658 views

Install newer version of application in $HOME without root access and linking to installed app

I am new to installing application from source and just learning the best practices to do so. I have this linux box without root access with a quite old emacs, so I downloaded the latest version and ...
3
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1answer
126 views

Link a dependency in Synaptic to the one already installed from source

I want to install SVN version of Quantum GIS and already I have a SVN version of GRASS GIS. As instructed in QGIS Wiki here, I added the qgis repository to my sources.list file. Now I am able to see ...
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5answers
873 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 ...