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How to complete a clean non-RPM software installation?

asked 2012-02-26 11:14:34 -0500

Benjamin gravatar image

I would like to install Zotero Standalone, which software is basically a tar.bz2 bundle of files with an executable.

To run the software, I simply have to download the tar.bz2, extract the files to a location, and run the executable.

This however makes a bad installation. Software shouldn't be installed in the /home folder, which can have undesired consequences like not having a .desktop file etc.

How to proceed toward a clean installation with such software bundles?

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answered 2012-02-26 12:01:56 -0500

Personally I would put the files on /usr/local

You may have to manually write a .desktop (this is a disadvantage of manually installing a package that is poorly written, .desktop is standard enough that the package developers should have included one).

You should post to the Zetero mailing list for support as the package is not maintained by Fedora.

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answered 2012-02-27 09:42:20 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Well, I would make an rpm first and then install it. This way, I have yum for dep resolution, and all the files etc go into standard directories. Since it's an rpm I'm using, I can remove the package when I wish, completely, cleanly :)

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answered 2012-02-27 02:46:37 -0500

davidva gravatar image

Hi friend, first you need check all dependencies, after a way to make shortcuts on gnome shell is to use Multilanzer, its very easy



wget -c

tar -xvzf InstallerMultiLancer0.20.tar.gz

cd InstallerMultiLancer

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