As I had to install my system from scratch I decided to play it safe this time around and follow the documentation for compiling ffmpeg on Centos via the ffmpeg.org site. I followed every command line by line without any errors until the very final one which was to do with the bash_profile.

If I look for ffmpeg on my system it just keeps saying command not found?

I don't understand why the documentation installs everything in ~/ when I thought it needs to be in /usr/bin.

I don't understand why the documentation doesn't include ldconfig command or any kind of instructions on setting the path and executing the software.

update: I decided to undo what I had done because couldn't work out file paths and instead I downloaded and installed ffmpeg with rpmforge and yum and finally it is all working. I literally began learning terminal last year and it has been a very steep learning curve for me so what may seem very obvious to some eg file paths for setting up ffmpeg is not for me. Hence my great confusion.

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  • possible duplicate of . ~/.bash_profile: No such file or directory – jasonwryan Feb 28 '14 at 3:03
  • well it is not because on there was told bash profile thing was an error i could ignore – cea Feb 28 '14 at 3:12
  • I AM COMPLETELY STUCK so please don't put this question on hold when the other one is on hold. – cea Feb 28 '14 at 3:15
  • It is the same root issue, though. You haven't followed the instructions on the page properly... – jasonwryan Feb 28 '14 at 3:15
  • Explain how I haven't - I have completely line by line. – cea Feb 28 '14 at 3:16

Based on your previous question, it seems that you followed the instructions too literally. I don't know which part exactly you should focus on (since I installed my ffmpeg manually instead of make install), but one of the arguments to ./configure needs to reflect the proper destination of the program (in your case, I think that means change $HOME/... to /usr/bin/... This will then be used by make install to move the file.

If you don't want to repeat the configuration and install processes, you might be able to modify the install target of the makefile directly (if you still have it).

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