Q. I’ve downloaded tar ball software but I don’t know how to compile the same? Can you provide the instructions for compiling a program?

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10 years 25 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago


So this is nice, and short. But

So this is nice, and short. But it doesn't highilght a few thigns that i had to learn.

1. If you need to install something, check your repos first!
2. If you can't find it from the repos, then build it from source as mentioned. Be prepared to run into issues.
3. You may need to edit makefiles, config files, even install dependencies.
4. Make sure you read the output from the build; it can give you vital clues on how to get it to build.
5. Get ready to do some searching online.

Building from source is not hard. But it isn't a walk in the park.