Question on "INSTALL" file

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  1. BugCatcher

    BugCatcher New Member

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    There is a file that is often included in packages for compiling and installing software. The file is: "INSTALL".

    It is NOT the "install" file that everyone uses as part of the configure, make process.


    It appears to be a file that the developer can modify to give specific instructions to the user. I do not think it is needed to compile the software, but is just for the user.

    Can anyone tell me for sure whether this is used by the system, or is just information for the user?
  2. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Just information for the user. This file is like the REAME.
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    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Often applications are just compressed. When they are uncompressed they are ready to install. Not every application needs to be compiled.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware
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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Just information for the user. This file is like the REAME.
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    Thank for your reply. That was what I thought.
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    Upper case file names of that sort are usually the documentation included in a source tarball.

    Try
    Code:
    $ less INSTALL
    to use the less pager to read the contents.

    Also depending on your distribution, you would be ill advised to use autotools (./configure make, make install, etc) to build from source. Look into creating packages from source which can then be installed using your distro's native package manager.

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