Installation Basics

This page gives basic information on installation procedures.

For standard Gnu distributions the filename consists of the package name, a version number and extensions. For example, msort might be in a package msort-8.52.tar.gz. By Gnu coding conventions, such packages always unpack into a directory with the same name and version number (packages which do not are considered ill-behaved). To build Gnu software, change to the package directory, and run the configure and make programs, then use `su' to become superuser (`su sudo' on Mac OS X) and do make install, then `exit' to leave super-user mode. So for msort one might do this:

tar zxf msort-8.52.tar.gz 
cd msort-8.52 
make install 

Note that on some systems you need to configure the library directory explicitly when installing libraries (pcre, tre, uninum, utf8proc):

./configure --libdir=/usr/lib64

Installing Perl Packages

Perl packages have a common installation procedure as follows:

tar zxf <package>.tar.gz 
cd <package> 
perl Makefile.PL 
make install 

For Windows there are some Perl systems which provide a facility to download pre-built packages.

23 Jul 2014 osc at oracc dot org

Steve Tinney

Steve Tinney, 'Installation Basics', Oracc: The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus, Oracc, 2014 []

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