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What is "configure -> make -> make install"?

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Posted: 1 Jun 2005

Q:
In reading about Linux, I've found a lot of sites that tell me to install a program by using "configure, make, make install". What does that mean?

A:
The following commands:

./configure
make
make install

will install a program from the source. This means it will be compiled and installed on your system without using any package management system.

While using any Novell Linux product, it is recommended to use either YAST or Red Carpet to install programs, and to not install any application from source if possible.

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