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Specifying Installation Path (SuSE 7.0)

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Rick Carter
Cincinnati OH USA
I'm dual booting Windows and Linux on my laptop, so I have limited hard disk space. I want to have the more "essential" Linux programs loaded on my hard drive, and always available to me.
When I'm at home, I'm almost always connected to a SCSI Jaz drive. I would like to be able to try out some other space-hungry Linux programs by loading them to the Jaz drive, while retaining my basic system that I can run stand-alone. How can I tell Linux that I want a program loaded to the Jaz drive?
Rick Carter
Chair, Delphi/Paradox SIG
Cincinnati PC Users Group
 Posted 18 years ago (Thread Starter)
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Rick Carter
Cincinnati OH USA
Thanks for the info. Since that post, I've had some problems with Iomega, and I'm trying to move away from solutions that use the Jaz drive. Still, it's good to know that there is a way, though I would hope someone creates a more new-user-friendly solution some day. I can't believe I'm the only one who cares where my files get installed.
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Ken Seymour
Sacramento, California (USA)
Sorry I have not replied to this sooner, I don't get on this board that often.

When you are installing a Linux package in a binary format (e.g. RedHat RPM or similar),
you don't have a choice on where it is going.

If you have downloaded the source, usually, you can specify where the package will be installed before compiling.
For example, if you wanted the package to go to /opt/mypackage instead of /usr, you would do
something like this:

cd mypackage-1.2.3 (or what ever source directory you have)
./configure --prefix=/opt/mypackage
make
make install

In Linux, as in Unix, you do not specify drives directly.
What hard drive partition something resides on depends on where you have your partitions mounted.
In Linux/Unix, you can mount a hard drive partition anywhere in the directory hierarchy.
For example, you could have /dev/hda1 mounted on the root directory "/".
Then you can have a partition from another drive, say /dev/hdb3, mounted on /usr (which is under /).
Then you could have a third hard drive partition mounted on /usr/local.

I mentioned the /opt directory above because you probably don't have anything installed there yet
so you could mount your Jazz drive on /opt and
then build and install your package as above.

The system file /etc/fstab contains the list of partitions to mount at startup time.
Your distribution of Linux probably has a graphical way to add the Jazz drive mount in a
user friendly way.
But it ultimately gets stored in /etc/fstab.

Hope this helps.
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Reply Posted 10/31/2002 9:20:00 AM
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