Everything that includes the source code of Unix programs for example compiling, installing or how to retrieve the code for studying.

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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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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 ...
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How to grep on source code without catching comments

I search a way to grep on source code without having sometimes false-positive because of comments. For instance if I search on foo on this .c source code : /* * foo has changed [...] and is now a ...
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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. ...
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What does a kernel source tree contain? Is this related to Linux kernel headers?

In books, I typically read references to the Linux Source Tree at /usr/src/linux with the usual set of subdirectories (arch, block, crypto, ...). I was expecting this tree to contain the binary files ...
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GNOME / GTK app installed from source runs with default theme

I've installed a GNOME / GTK application from source (GitG 0.2.5 in Linux Mint 11) - after resolving all the dependencies, I successfully ran the application. The dependencies were also installed ...
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Unpacking kernel-source rpm off-system (OpenSuse)?

I'm using OpenSuse 11.2 from a LiveUSB USB flash/stick, which arguably has not much place on it. I need to get the Linux sources for this version of OpenSuse, as they are needed to build a driver for ...
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Source code of netstat

Can I view the source code of netstat on my Linux machine?
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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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Pipe Python Shell to source-highlight

When I try to make the Python shell get color: python 2>&1 | source-highlight --failsafe -f esc -s python the >>> prompt seems to be always delayed by 1 command. Why is this ...
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What languages are used to build Unix commands?

Examples of commands I'm referring to are ls, pwd, and cd. Also, how are these built? Do you have an example?
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Where to find this specific source (centos 2.6.18-53.el5PAE)

okay all my looking around on the normal kernel site ftp can't find it. I need specifically, the PAE version. I am compiling virtualbox and if you don't use the right source you get this lovely: ...
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Linux source, where are sys_umount and sys_mount system calls? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Understanding the linux kernel source I am sure that I must be missing something, here. I cannot for the life of me find the source code for these system calls. I can ...
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Prevent a package from being installed?

I installed Python 2.7 from source. A dependency of some packages is python. Is there a way I can prevent the install of a lesser version of Python, or let apt know it's already been fulfilled?
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Pointers in Learning Linux 0.01 Source code

I am trying to learn some real programming in C and the concepts of Linux. So i thought i will try by looking at the Linux kernel 0.01 version source. In my understanding, I could find the scratch ...
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How / where to get sources for kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r4 in Gentoo Linux distribution?

How can I get (i.e. what command to use) sources for kernel-2.6.36-r4 (uname -a says that it is version 2.6.36-gentoo-r4), or where from I can download it? I want to compile the userside 'perf' ...
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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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Where can I find the source code of libgio?

I want to study how its GFileInfo components works.
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Where can I find the source code of “GFileInfo” functions like “g_file_info_get_content_type”?

I want to read the source code of a GFileInfo function: g_file_info_get_content_type ( GFileInfo *info ); Could somebody tell me where to find the source code file? I search the glibc code by didn't ...
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OpenBSD patch system

If I install OpenBSD from CD-ROM: http://www.openbsd.org/ftp.html with install48.iso then is it patched? All 10 patches from here are in the ISO file? If those are not included, how can I apply ...
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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 ...
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Where can I find the source code for `uptime`?

I am learning Python. Till now I've been doing only basic Python coding. A day ago, I checked python implementation of tree command. Suddenly I thought of creating a Python clone for uptime. I don't ...
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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 ...
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Passing a variable to a bash script when sourcing it in another bash script?

Suppose I have in main.sh: $NAME="a string" if [ -f $HOME/install.sh ] . $HOME/install.sh $NAME fi and in install.sh: echo $1 This is supposed to echo "a string", but it echoes nothing. Why? ...
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determining path to sourced shell script

Is there a way for a sourced shell script to find out the path to itself? I'm mainly concerned with bash, though I have some coworkers who use tcsh. I'm guessing I may not have a ton of luck here, ...
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What's up with the metadata in the source? Are there tools for it?

I'm comparing two different kernel versions (one official, one from a manufacturer); there are thousands of file whose only difference is in metadata in the files. The metadata looks like '$:Key: ...
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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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Where can I find sources for

Emacs lisp source code for .elc files? e.g. cal-mayan.elc Files in the /bin directory? e.g. cat, split, and echo
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How can I find the implementations of Linux kernel system calls?

I am trying to understand how a function, say mkdir, works by looking at the kernel source. This is an attempt to understand the kernel internals and navigate between various functions. I know mkdir ...
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What does 'mergemaster' do that 'make distribution' doesn't?

After calling make installworld (or make world), there are two ways of updating source files in the new world: calling mergemaster -p or make distribution. I know that mergemaster calls make ...
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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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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 ...