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I want to install Netbeans 7.0.1 with a bash script from the Netbeans website. The default directory chosen by the installer is /home/geoffrey/netbeans-7.0.1. But I do not think it belongs there.

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Does the installer have an option '--help' or something similar, did you find/read any installation instructions? – steabert Jan 12 '12 at 20:03
It is easy to change the install directory. The problem was just which directory to choose. – systemovich Jan 12 '12 at 20:17
Aha, well, maybe it's just me but I did not get that from your question. – steabert Jan 12 '12 at 20:21
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If you want it for all users, /opt is a great place.

/opt is for entire software packages (rather than those that are split up across the various directories). See the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.

Google Chrome, for example, installs to /opt

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Thanks! This looks like the standard way. – systemovich Jan 12 '12 at 22:08

If you want it for a single user I would put it in ~/bin (or at least a link to the binary)

If you want it for all users, I would put it in /usr/local/bin (or at least a link to the binary).

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I've created an ~/apps directory in which I store such external programs to avoid the home directory being cluttered.

I then create a symlink in ~/bin to programs in ~/apps. Storing everything in ~/bin or /usr/local/bin is a bad idea since the folder contains other files (non-binaries) too.

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