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How to install a Linux executable in Fedora 24?

asked 2016-08-18 06:01:41 -0500

powergame gravatar image

After I was unable to run filezilla that I had installed via dnf install, I had to remove it and get its Linux executable from developer site. The executable packages has the following structure:
FileZilla3 folders has two folders in it:
bin, share

bin contains executable filezilla while share contains these directories:

appdata  applications  filezilla  icons  locale  man  pixmaps

I assume I have to copy filezilla to /usr/bin for the installation, but how about other directories and files in package? Where should I move them for the application to work perfectly (Of course, it works with just filezilla executable, but I want all features installed e.g. man pages, etc.)?

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It is highly recommended to use the package management system of Fedora or to manually compile FileZilla. Why did Filezilla from the Fedora repos not work?

jake gravatar imagejake ( 2016-08-18 07:44:00 -0500 )edit

@jake after I install filezilla from Fedora repos, it crashes once started. Run from commandline, it shows this message: fatal Error: Mismatch between the program and library build versions detected.

powergame gravatar imagepowergame ( 2016-08-18 08:51:52 -0500 )edit

For Filezilla: sudo dnf -y install filezilla. Done.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-18 10:59:19 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-18 07:58:13 -0500

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Usually you download the source of the desired program. In there you should find a INSTALL or README file telling you exactly what to do. I'm trying to generalize the process:

1.0 Install all necessary dependencies (libs etc.)

1.1 Sometimes you have to run a configuration script $ sh ./configure

2.0 Build the source $ sudo make

3.0 Install the build $ sudo make install

That's it, that's all. Installing the necessary dependencies is often the hardest part, they should be listed inside the INSTALL/README file, but are named differently over the various linux distros. Use dnf search TERM to find the correct ones inside the fedora repos.

greets jake

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Thanks for the answer. What if we have a proprietary executable with some related files, e.g. Android Studio from Google which is provided as executable for Linux. How should we install such executables in Linux? Actually, I copied the whole Android Studio pack (unzipped) in one drive of mine and created a symbolic link to it in my ~ directory. Is this the best way, or should I have copied it in a `bin' directory under such directories as /usr/bin, /usr/share/bin,etc. ?

powergame gravatar imagepowergame ( 2016-08-18 09:00:00 -0500 )edit

The only proprietary program i ever installed on Fedora was VMware, it came with an installer binary very similar to the setup.exes on Windows.

For precompiled programs i do the following:

  1. Extract the package to /opt

  2. Set read permissions for all files $ sudo chmod -R +r /opt/your_programm

  3. Create a symbolic link of the program executable in /usr/bin

  4. Create a Gnome desktop launcher in /usr/share/applications (have a look at the other launcher files to get an idea of what has to be in there

jake gravatar imagejake ( 2016-08-18 09:40:59 -0500 )edit

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