[CentOS] software installation - good practice

Eero Volotinen eero.volotinen at iki.fi
Wed Nov 11 20:10:16 UTC 2009

Carlos Santana wrote:
> Howdy,
> I tend to try out many open source apps/packages - games, editors to
> media tools. I have a bad habit of downloading and extracting source
> in the /var/tmp directory and then doing configure-make-install
> process. I am not sure of best practice (good practices) to be
> followed when installing any software. For example how and where to
> keep the src. Any comments and/or resources would be really helpful.

I am usually using this way ./configure --prefix=/opt/sofware-name && 
make && make install (to uninstall rm -fr /opt/software-name)

Checkinstall is also helpful in your way: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CheckInstall , 


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