View Full Version : [all variants] Executing software without installing.

April 8th, 2009, 06:12 PM
Suppose I have compiled a software is it necessary to 'make install' to make them run?...I mean can I run them directly from the place where the binaries got made?

April 8th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Did you compile it, or did it came compiled

I think you have to install it. unless it came precompiled

April 8th, 2009, 06:19 PM
Maybe you can run from the compiling directory without installing. Try searching some documentation about the ./configure file.

April 8th, 2009, 07:48 PM
I know how to install and all...just asking.

So it depends on the source?

Mark Phelps
April 8th, 2009, 08:39 PM
The typical sequence is ...
1) configure
2) make
3) make install

The third typically builds the executables and copies them to the appropriate directories so that they are then seen using the default PATH. It also typically adds an entry to an application menu with an icon so you can launch it.

So, I suppose you could edit the menu entry to point to the directory where the executable got originally built.

April 9th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Ok...thanks I'll play around with that.