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Re: Server Adjustments

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Server Adjustments
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 12:13:59 -0600 (CST)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Tue, 15 Dec 2009, Glus Xof wrote:

In this moment, I'm wonder what is, then, the purpose of "make
install" processes ?. I always believed that those, with root rigths,
take files and put (copy) them to the right place in the system
directories... doesn't it?

Yes, it could do that and ideally the source package is designed to do it safely and correctly. However, the default installation prefix is intentionally /usr/local so that the person installing the software needs to decide if they really do want to overwrite part of the operating system. Overwriting part of the operating system installation is not a step to be taken lightly. Even if the source package installs and works correctly, it may have interferred with existing formal package managment used by the OS.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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