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Which folder to install to??

Postby manishk on Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:52 pm

I just gor Wine on my system and think its great! I have some .exes which I want to install and run from Mint.

Which folder do I install them to :?:

In general, which is the 'Program Files'(!) equivalent of Linux??
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Which folder to install to??

Postby npap on Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:15 am

Hello manishk,
I guess there is no folder like windows' Program Files , but it doesn't matter much. I put my .exe files and setup ones in my Home folder.
But we can make a Program Files folder of our own inside Home and store our .exe files or anything else we want, in it.

Besides, if we were wise enough to create a /home partition during installation,
our Home folder will always be there safe and untouched when we do an upgrade.
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Postby Frijolie on Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:16 pm

I guess I have a similar question. By convention, in Linux, where do you typically install/unpack applications? Your /home/<username> folder? Or is it better to put them in /usr/share? I have to get used to this new filesystem. I don't think I'd like my home folder to be stuffed with 100s of apps and their folders. I like to keep it pretty clean and organized. Sorry this isn't really related to Wine but just a general Linux question.
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Postby clem on Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:57 pm

I usually install everything through the repository, but when I can't I usually put it in /opt.

I think some people like to use /usr/local.

Also, if you want to put things in your home folder without cluttering it, you can create hidden directories by prefixing them with a dot.

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Postby Frijolie on Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:39 pm

ah yes....the famous /opt. doesn't /opt = optional software? I think I heard that somewhere
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Which folder to install to??

Postby npap on Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:25 am

Hi everybody,
May I ask what happens to the /usr/local or /opt when I do a fresh installation by deleting the root partition? I know that the / home folder is not affected in this case. :)
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Postby clem on Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:10 am

It all depends on your partitioning. The same way you give a separate partition to /home you can give one to /usr/local or to /opt

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Which folder to install to??

Postby npap on Sat Jan 20, 2007 12:47 pm

OK, thanks Clem.
That's good to know.
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