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28th January 2009, 11:22 PM
When I download a Linux app and unzip it for example Vuze, I have a folder with files. This folder is inside of the app that holds and unzips files. Not important now, but what I want to know is where are files supposed to be placed on the system? If I install Apache, where does the folder reside on the system? Same question for MySQL and Ruby?

Thanks for any help you can provide me with.

28th January 2009, 11:36 PM
Most software that comes packed into "tarballs" (*.tar.gz" OR *.tar.bz2") are SOURCE CODE, not binaries - they must be compiled into useful stuff. Some few apps come "bundled" in tarballs, that you can just unzip and move the whole pile to the right place - the tarball and/or web site should have instructions. There are also a few apps that come as binary installer files (*.bin OR *.run), in which case you run them.