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How To Install GNU Software

On a correctly configured system, installing a GNU software package
requires four steps:

* With the source.tar.gz archive in the /usr/src/ directory, or
wherever you maintain your source files, untar and decompress the
package with the command:

tar zxvf package-name.tar.gz

* Run the ./configure script in the untarred source archive's
top-level directory with whatever command line arguments you need.
The options that configure recognizes are usually contained in a
file called INSTALL or README.
* Run make. This will build the source code into an executable
program (or programs) and may take a few minutes or a few hours,
depending on the speed of the computer and the size of the
* Run make install. This will install the compiled binaries,
configuration files, and any libraries in the appropriate

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