[CentOS] software installation - good practice

mark m.roth at 5-cent.us
Thu Nov 12 03:17:57 UTC 2009

Robert Heller wrote:
> At Wed, 11 Nov 2009 13:51:27 -0600 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> 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.
> It does not really matter where you keep the source.
> *I* unload the source either somewhere under my home directory or on my
What's become common is /opt/src. My boss, closer to older style, has me using 

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