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Thread: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

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    Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    I have an app that is not 'install' motivated...(a archived folder structure), my question is... where should I put this, in light of 'best practices'?

    On 12.04 precise...

    thanks for any replies.
    Last edited by YannosB; April 8th, 2013 at 03:01 PM.

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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    I don't understand your question.

    Is this application supplied as, for example, a .tar.gz archive that you now want to install, or is it more like the Firefox archive that you can download from mozilla, extract and then simply run the firefox executable file from the archive.

    Tell us more and we may be able to help you further.
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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    "...(a archived folder structure)..." should have been pretty clear....
    so, uh yup.... the app is archived, instructins are to unarch it and run....
    I'm unsure of where apps should or should not be placed so I am waiting
    to learn where to put it so I do not 'mess' things up... pretty simple I know, but hey gotta start somewhere.
    Yannos

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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    If the extracted archive is sitting in your /home at present, there is no need to move it; just run the executable file in the archive from there. it really does not matter where it is.
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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    Usually stuff you install manually would go into /usr/local. For user-oriented applications use /usr/local/bin, for system utilities /usr/local/sbin. (Most of the stuff that comes in tarballs defaults to this.)

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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    If the extracted archive is sitting in your /home at present, there is no need to move it; just run the executable file in the archive from there. it really does not matter where it is.
    I posted in your other thread as well, but the above advice is exactly correct.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    Yes, thanks all.

    I had read in a sticky... that I should mark this as 'solved' via the thread tools in upper r-corner... but there is no such option in that drop down.

    I'd mark it solved... if I could find it.....

    again thanks..

    Yannos

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    Re: Newbie asks... where is best practice to place a app?

    That function is currently broken after a forum upgrade. Use this workaround;

    Edit first post
    Click 'Go Advanced'
    Change the prefix [ubuntu] to [Solved]

    Thanks.

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