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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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Where should a local user executable be placed (under $HOME)?

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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"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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How to install a deb file, by dpkg -i or by apt?

I have a deb package for installation. Shall I install by dpkg -i my.deb, or by apt? Will both handle the software dependency problem well? If by apt, how can I install from the deb by apt?
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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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Installing Steam on Debian

I have ran into some issues when it went down to install Steam on Debian. The console as well as Apper comes up with missing dependencies and the package isn't going to install.
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How to install Python 3.6?

I'd like to install the latest Python, which is 3.6 at the time of this post. However, the repository is saying that Python 3.4.2 is the newest version. I've tried: $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-...
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How to install CUDA Toolkit 7/8/9 on Debian 8 (Jessie) or 9 (Stretch)?

How to install Cuda Toolkit 7.0 or 8 on Debian 8? I know that Debian 8 comes with the option to download and install CUDA Toolkit 6.0 using apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit, but how do you do this ...
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What is the difference between building from source and using an install package?

I 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, ...
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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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Installation on debian 5 32-bit without being a root

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.
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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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Allow non-admin users to install packages via apt or rpm?

Is it possible to allow non-root users to install packages system-wide using apt or rpm? The place where I work currently has an out of date setup on the linux boxes, and admins are sick of having to ...
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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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Why did 'apt-get autoremove' not work properly?

I installed Pipelight from the PPA archive, according to these instructions. The installation command, sudo apt-get install --install-recommends pipelight-multi was for only one package, but it ...
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Why this error about upstart/systemd with runit?

I run sudo apt-get install git-all in Ubuntu 16.04 and see the following in the end Setting up runit (2.1.2-3ubuntu1) ... start: Unable to connect to Upstart: Failed to connect to socket /com/ubuntu/...
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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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Why use install rather than cp and mkdir?

I've seen in many places used install -d to create directories and install -c to copy a file. Why not use mkdir and cp? Is there an advantage in using install?
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How to prevent prompt that ask to restart services when installing libpq-dev

I want to install libpq-dev on my Vagrant machine. I install it with $ apt-get install -y libpq-dev During installation a prompt appears which asks if it's allowed to restart some services ...
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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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How do I install non-free firmware in Debian 12 (Bookworm)?

How do I install non-free firmware using the advanced package tool (APT) in Debian 12 (bookworm)?
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Why are there many accounts? I'm the only user

I am running an Ubuntu 12.04 desktop system. So far I have only installed some programs (I have sudo rights). When I check the list of users on the system, I see a long list, like more than 20 users&...
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Installing from source. How to resolve dependencies without destroying the package manager

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 knowledgeable to clear my mind to get to ...
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yum install http - is this safe?

I am not very familiar with using yum to install packages. In a previous life I used apt. Currently, I am looking at some instructions to run # yum install http://example.com/package.rpm which ...
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How to install R 3.3.1 in my own directory

This is a somewhat duplicate question (see How to set PATH for R installed in my directory ) but I did meet some new problem with new version of R. I was trying install a new version of R (R 3.3.1) ...
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minimal X.org xserver installation on Debian Wheezy

I installed Debian Wheezy with no desktop environment as I would like to use lightweight dwm window manager instead. However, as a first step, I need to install xserver. I would like to install ...
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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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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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Where should an application be installed if it consists of multiple files?

I have noticed that essentially all the files in /usr/bin are stand-alone executables, rather than a directory containing the executable plus other files that the executable might need (such as ...
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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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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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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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Download Debian packages and dependencies on Windows?

I am working in a restricted environment. I have a Debian system (Jessie) with no internet connection. I want to download the packages and dependencies on a Windows machine (where I don't have admin ...
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Ways to configure alternative installations of Oracle JDK on Ubuntu?

When installing the latest Oracle JDK (8 or 9) on Ubuntu 16.04, I found several discussions: https://askubuntu.com/questions/56104/how-can-i-install-sun-oracles-proprietary-java-jdk-6-7-8-or-jre/ ...
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What's the advantage of mere Ansible on mere shell-scripting if one doesn't use communally-maintained Ansible-Galaxy roles? [closed]

I establish a LAMP with a few extras on a remote Debian machine with a similar shell (Bash) script: #/bin/bash apt update -y apt upgrade ufw sshguard unattended-upgrades wget curl git zip unzip tree ...
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Install Java 6 from Oracle to Debian Lenny

Since Java 6 is not available in Debian 5 I decided to take it from Oracle. I have downloaded Java 6 SDK in file jdk-6u45-linux-i586-rpm.bin. But how to install it? I executed jdk-6u45-linux-i586-rpm....
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Can setting up environment variables replace using `update-alternatives`?

Can setting up environment variables replace using update-alternatives? If not, when shall we use which way? Thanks. My question comes from reading https://askubuntu.com/a/895024/1471 Too complex ...
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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 the ...
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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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How to install VirtualBox Extension Pack to VirtualBox latest version on Linux?

How to install VirtualBox Extension Pack to VirtualBox latest version on Linux? I would also like to be able to verify extension pack has been successfully installed and and uninstall it, if I wish.
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How should executables installed under /opt be added to the path?

Can programs installed under /opt be safely symlinked into /usr/local/bin, which is already in the PATH by default in Ubuntu and other Linux distros? Alternatively, is there some reason to create a ...
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Is there any software that can help me reinstall software after fresh install

Every now and then I need to reinstall Linux system (mainly Ubuntu based distros). The process of reinstalling every piece of software I need is really boring and time consuming. Is there any software ...
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Installing a package locally to a user - best practices?

I want to install Git locally to a user on a RHEL server (I don't have root access) What would be your cleanest/ most organized way of installing software to a local user account? Installing ...
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Repairing python setup

On my Kubuntu 14.4 (which has python 2.7.6 as standard) my python is broken after I tried to install python 2.7.10 after building from source from python.org with the help of How to install the latest ...
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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 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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install latest gcc on rhel 6 x86_64

I have an RHEL 6 server with gcc version 4.4.7. I wanted to update the gcc version (I think the current one is 4.8). Yum update doesn't work. Also, SO answers for a similar question on CentOS does not ...
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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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How to install skype on arch

I've looked everywhere and nothing has worked. I am just trying to install skype. I tried to see if it was in the repositories but didn't find it. So I wen't to the skype website and found a linux ...
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