Installing programs - location

Joel Oliver joelol75 at
Sun Apr 13 21:46:45 UTC 2008

Michael wrote:
> On a Microsoft system, programs are typically installed in the
> C:\Program Files directory.  I know that Linux has some specific
> directories as well.  My question is what directory is used when
> installing a program in Linux manually.   For example, a program that is
> not installed using apt-get or one of the other package managers.  Is it
> opt?
> Michael
Yep, opt is the directory for third party binaries.  I you compile from 
source though, usr/local/bin is usually the install location when you do 
a ./configure/make/make install

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