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GNOME: Maintainer of Tomboy and Snowy, contributor to various other projects

litl hacker by day


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comment How to compile and install programs from source
Matt is absolutely right, this is why I said "for the most part", and first advocated looking up the project's website. The autogen.sh/configure advice will hold for pretty much every GNOME module, and a ton of other projects, too. Some projects don't use automake, and will only have Makefile, and you will just run make && sudo make install. Some Python projects will only have a setup.py, which you will call to install (since there is no real compile setup). There are plenty of other build/install systems out there, too. Hopefully README or INSTALL files will explain exactly what to do.
Aug
11
comment Where should I put software I compile myself?
My suggestion to avoid /usr/local was based on the original poster's (somewhat vague) desire to not interfere with packaged software. Since there is plenty of packaged software that will "help" by looking in /usr/local or in $PATH, I figured that qualifies as interfering. But it really depends on a person's individual needs and goals. /usr/local can be a perfectly fine choice in many situations.
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