Sumarry:How to install a package

From: Arvanitakis Giannis (
Date: Thu Jun 20 1996 - 05:22:40 CDT

> We recently have buy a SPARCstation20 with Solaris 2.5
> And now we have this TINY problem :
> how can i install (add) apackage which is
> pre-compiled(let's say Perl5) and make it
> usefull to all the users (put it in /usr/local/* )
> I just want to now if it is my mistake that the package is going to
> \opt\SUN* and DON'T create any links to \usr\local\* (which i expected)

>> Thank's for your time !

I think the best answer is this
>From Thu Jun 20 13:12:31 1996
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 11:24:59 EST
From: Matt Hill <>
Subject: Re: How to install a package

usually, on a sysv system, pre-compiled 'packages' you install go
into directories under /opt. /usr/local would be generally for
home-grown stuff or stuff you're compiling and installing yourself.
of course the boundries are fuzzy, when it comes down to it you can
really put stuff anywhere you like, but most pre-compiled stuff will
expect to be put into /opt. i usually just let it go there. if you
want, then, you can make links to /usr/local/bin for the binaries
(kind of messy, i think) or just tell the users to put
/opt/SUNWwhatever/bin into their path if they want to access the new
software. i usually install all the GNU stuff i can find into
/opt/gnu and so everyone just has /opt/gnu/bin in their path if they
want to use it, and /opt/gnu/man in their manpath.

Matthew J. Hill
So i have done this and it work's
I also thank

 David Staggs <staggsd@SEOUL-FKJ3.KOREA.ARMY.MIL>
 Dave McFerren <>
 Hans Brinck <>

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