install-from-source refers to one method of installing software packages on Ubuntu without using the Software Center. It is generally not the recommended way of installing software.

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How do I install a .tar.gz (or .tar.bz2) file?

I have downloaded tar.gz files. But I don't know how to install it. How do I install this kind of file?
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How do I build Unity from source?

I'd like to know how I would build Unity from source code in the current development release. Please cover the following topics: Which packages are needed to compile Unity? Where would I get the ...
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Install Popcorn Time from source files

How can I install Popcorn Time beta ? I see on their website that they only offer a 64-bit installation files, but the sources are open. I can't use the usual ./configure && make. So, what ...
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Installing the latest Node.js / MongoDB?

How can I install Node.js and MongoDB so they are the most current versions? The available versions from package manager are not up to date, and PPA from Chris Lea for Node.js doesn't get updated on ...
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How to manage software that is installed from source?

From time to time, we may have to install something from source due to various reasons. While it is fairly standard how to install software given appropriate dependencies, it is not clear to me how to ...
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Uninstalling application built from source [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I build a package from source how can I uninstall or remove completely? I know that Ubuntu has come a long way in helping new users to get used to their linux ...
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No acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

I want to install one package named speech_tools-2.1-release.tar.gz. After I run command ./configure in this package, it show me a message: Configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH ...
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What is Ubuntu's Definition of a “Registered Application”?

I've run into this a few times when installing apps from source, and during the occasional hack with update-alternatives. So far, it's only been a minor annoyance (ie, not got in the way of the ...
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Installing applications from source

I was wondering about generic installations of all applications in linux. And what that means? Well, when I was using windows I knew that if I want to install an application I am double-clicking the ...
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Can someone tell me how to install reaver-wps?

Here is the webpage http://code.google.com/p/reaver-wps/ Can someone help me install it so I can play around with it?
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Compiling source into a DEB package

I have always had a problem installing and removing compiled software, so I have decided I would like to build software from source into a .deb package for easier installation/removal. I would like ...
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LESS CSS compilers returning blank

I am not even sure where to start debugging this. Months ago, I could happily compile my CSS from my LESS files. Today, I run either recess --compile test.less or lessc test.less and I just get a ...
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How to build Compiz from source?

Similarly to this question made for Unity, I would like to know what is the correct procedure to build the latest development release of Compiz from source. In particular, it would be useful to know ...
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Injecting packages installed from source into apt/synaptic

Example: I build/install SoX myself, as provided Ubuntu package did not include additional audio format libraries that I might use and it's one of the packages I want latest version anyway. Now I ...
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Free Software for Billing (Colombia)

English I'm looking for a billing application (also inventories, shopping, clients, providers, accounts, etc) for small businesses. The software should adapt with Colombia's necessities. I searched ...
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Should I use “sudo” before “make install”?

I am installing the latest FFmpeg from this guide: In some places it suggests performing make install without sudo, here is a single example of several: cd ~/ffmpeg_sources wget ...
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Google-Earth will not launch

After installing Ubuntu 12.04LTS 64bit I am unable to launch Google Earth. When I try to launch in terminal I get the following: pst007x@pst007x-Serval-Professional:~$ cd /opt/google/earth/free ...
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Why ubuntu sources are different to the originals?

When I do: wget ftp://ftp.openbsd.com/pub/OpenBSD/OpenSSH/portable/openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz wget ftp://ftp.openbsd.com/pub/OpenBSD/OpenSSH/portable/openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz.asc gpg openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz.asc ...
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Patch, compile and run Wine without installing

I'm not familiar with compiling software from source. I would like to test a patched version of Wine following this procedure. I already have Wine installed and do not wish to modify it. I just want ...
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Recompile all packages and trigger on updates

I am using Ubuntu on a bespoke router and after seeing the latency drops capable with custom compiling on Gentoo, I would like to recompile all packages with CFLAGS="-march=atom". The guide for this ...
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How to install a software manually?

I have recently learnt how to install programs from the terminal and would like to know the meaning of a few commands that I use to install. For example, I downloaded python 3.2 from source and ...
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How to install Audacity's manual?

I am trying to find the Audacity Folder so I can add the manual to it so I don't have to use online resources for help. I can't find where Ubuntu 12.04 stores the Applications Folder (as in a Mac)
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How do I install Inventory Management Software?

I am relatively new to Ubuntu- about a year- and I have still yet to figure out how to install something that is not in the software center, nor have I figured out how to use SPM for files that are ...
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Docbook errors building Komparator from source

I'm trying to install Komparator4 v0.8 from the terminal of Ubuntu 11.10. I entered this command and work fine: mkdir build && cd build && cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config ...
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Upgrading Evolution from source

As with most people I presume I am running Evolution 2.32.2 inside 11.04 Natty and regardless how annoying the crashes are I prefer it to Thunderbird. Obviously as soon as 11.10 Oneiric is released ...
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Compiling GTK2 from source

I download and try to compile the source code for GTK2: sudo apt-get build-dep libgtk2.0-0 sudo apt-get source libgtk2.0-0 cd gtk+2.0-2.24.6/ ./configure --prefix=/usr make And I get an error: ...
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Reverting problems caused by checkinstall with gcc build

I recently downloaded the GCC 4.6.2 source in order to play around a bit with C++11. Having been told about checkinstall and its usefulness in installing programs from source, I created a Debian ...
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install CMake occurs a error, how to deal with it?

I am installing CMake in ubuntu, after did the last step "make install", This is the result: -- Install configuration:"" CMake Error at cmake_install.cmake:36 (FILE): file cannot create directory: ...
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How do I install Clang Version 3 in 10.10?

How would I go about installing version 3 of Clang/LLVM in Ubuntu 10.10? Ubuntu 10.10 installs version 2.8 by default. Version 3 has more extensive/up to date support for C++ and possibly C (I am not ...
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How to properly Install chromium from zip and make it the default browser? [duplicate]

Since the Chromium PPA is no longer maintained, for those of us preferring to use Chromium over Chrome, we have two options: Build and Install from Source Download either 'beta' or daily builds (in ...
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How do I upgrade to the latest Grub 2.00?

According to this link, GRUB 2.00 has just been released. How can one upgrade to this?
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Confusion about git; how to undo?

I wanted to install some source code that was on git. Don't really know what that means ; I've never used git before, but I figured it was time to learn so, I first installed git. Next I tried to ...
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How to install the StackExchange Data Dump Viewer?

How do i install the StackExchange Data Dump Viewer ?
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How do I install the manpage from node.js' source tarball?

I have downloaded node.js tarball from its website, and now I would like install the manpage that comes with it so that I can view it by typing: man nodejs How can I do this?
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How to add application to application list?

I installed Sublime Text 2 from source. How can i open text files with sublime? How can add sublime text to application list? How can i set up subime the default text editor?
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How to circumvent full system update to install just 'build-essentials'?

After I install a fresh copy of Ubuntu (version 12.04), I need to install build-essentials. To do so, in the terminal I have to run this first: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade ...
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Error while installing libX11-devel, package cannot be found

I was installing [HTK speech recognition kit][2] from source. When I gave make all it is giving following error: (cd HTKLib && make HTKLib.a) \ || case "" in *k*) fail=yes;; *) exit 1;; ...
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How to build and compile a bzr branch for testing

When I pull down a bzr branch using bzr branch lp:ubuntu/<package name> I get one set of source files. However, when i go apt-get source <package name> I get another. The command ...
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Error when running ./configure on Ubiquity source

I have added a patch to the Ubiquity source and am attempting to build and install the package to test it, however I get the following error when I execute ./configure, checking for pkg-config... ...
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If I'm building from source, why does it require more space than installing via apt-get?

I was trying to install the program by compiling and then installing it. I choose PINTA. It requires these dependencies: mono mono-xbuild automake autoconf libmono-cairo2.0-cil gtk-sharp2 and it ...
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Does installed from source software get overwritten by automatic updates?

As an example I've installed libcurl v7.30 from source, using their tutorial: ./configure --disable-ipv6 --enable-ares make make install I've had libcurl installed from the official repository ...
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How to install ffmpeg without root?

I want to install ffmpeg, however it seems that its impossible without root. there are sources, but I have to compile it somehow. how to compile it? I just need ffmpeg "exec".
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Installation difference between from source and apt-get?

What's the difference between installation from source (./configure && make && make install) and with apt-get? I can think of these: apt-get version usually is more stable and less ...
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Install program from source to chroot env

I have an program source (Remmina) and want to install it to chroot environment. Remmina uses cmake system. I can install it to chroot using: sudo make install DESTDIR=mychroot but this is not ...
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apt-get installation, path directory and running dependency programs

I am very new to Ubuntu and please bear with me if I present a very layman's version of explanation. My OS: Ubuntu 11.10 server, 64bit version I need to use three tools samtools, bowtie and tophat. ...
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How do I compile ndiswrapper?

I have been working for a good 2 days now trying every forum post I could find when it comes to ndiswrapper. I can get it installed but get the error module ndiswrapper not found keeps coming up. In ...
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Building SANE from git-source produce backend missmatch on 12.04 even if built locally

It seems to me that with Ubuntu Precise Pangolin it is all but easy to do a proper install of SANE from source (git-repo). I've found other scanning issues trying to find an answer to this, where the ...
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How do I install tar bz2 and gz files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install a .tar.gz file? I Don't know how to install .tar, .bz2 and .gz packages. For example how do I install this?
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How to install TestDisk from source

I have just come downloading a software called testdisk-6.14-WIP.linux26.tar.bz2. Therefore I'm wondering how to deal with the installation.
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wireshark installation

i downloaded wireshark-1.8.0rc2.tar.bz2 and copied it to /opt/wireshark directory and uncompressed it by sudo tar -xjvf wireshark-1.8.0rc2.tar.bz2 then by doing ls in the extracted folder, i found ...