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What's the best way to install new software? I mean where?

I downloaded the binary for some software, lets say dummy (I don't think there's a dummy package, I'm using it in a "you-name-it" kinda way). I verified the cheksum, unzipped and extracted it in a local directory under my home. But I want all users to be able to run this software from anywhere with a dummy alias.

So, I created a symbolic link to the executable under /usr/local/bin. And I exported path settings in an file under /etc/init.d. This didn't work.

Alternatively, I extracted the executable under /usr/local/ directly, instead of using a link. I still have the file. I still can't run the executable, and I'm not sure if this is the most "elegant" way of installing it.

03-11-2013, 10:07 PM
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