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    Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    Hello everyone

    I've found that many things install by default to the Home directory. As you can imagine this isn't really where they are meant to go. It seems most of them belong in the "opt" folder but when trying to drag and drop them, it seems I need some kind of special permission (like super user or something).

    I'm not entirely sure on how to move them. Can it only be done with the terminal?

    Thank you all
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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    run from a terminal

    Code:
    sudo nautilus
    not sure what kind of thing you're talking about when you say things installing to the home directory by default
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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    Ah ha, yeah that's it.

    Games seem to default and some other apps too. It would seem they are meant to be in the opt folder.

    Thank you!
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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    If you start moving things around you will probably make them stop working.

    In the home folder you do not need root to run them if you move them you may end up needing root.

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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    Also you may think stuff installs to home but more than likely it's just storing configuration files etc there.
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    Quote Originally Posted by Drowz0r View Post
    Ah ha, yeah that's it.

    Games seem to default and some other apps too. It would seem they are meant to be in the opt folder.

    Thank you!
    Are these things you've manually tried to install, or is it how the system's installation process does it?

    If it's the way the system did it, then how it was is probably for the best.

    I know a few games install data files in the home folder, with the engines and libraries where they need to be.
    And wine games always install to the home folder.
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    Re: Moving files from Home to their appropriate location

    Linux uses the same kind of directory system as Windows and OS X so you may think that they all operate quite similarly. This is a mistake with Linux though as even though it looks familiar, especially if you are peering at the folders via a graphical file manager, the way Linux organizes those directories and what it expects to find in each one is quite different from Windows.
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