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hi to all
i'm a beginner user of unix shell account...how could i doanload a  program from the net then how could i install this program
to  my shell account...plz by details.
thanks
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by:glassd
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Far from a simple question. There are many dependencies.

Is the download in the form of a package, a set of binaries or source code.
Does it need root access to be installed.
Do you have root access.
Does it need a compiler, and is there one available.
What is the software.

Answer these questions and help may be available.
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by:asad72
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i already have  said i'm beginner in unix these question is very hard for a beginner to answer. i can only answer the first question (downloded from a package) and i can also answer the last one not a spacific softoware now all i think of how to deal with any software a would like to install in the future.
any software i download it  i have to compile it?is the shell account  have  a compiler ?
i think any shell account doesn't give a root access.
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If the software is supplied in the form of a package then it is likely you would need root access for the installation.

To see if you have a compiler available try issuing the following commands and see whether they were found;

cc
gcc

Which version of Unix are you using?
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by:asad72
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bash -2.05
i typed gcc and i got a message(no input file)
any unix  version contains a compiler?
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Is this machine yours, or does it belong to an organisation. Most companies are not too happy with people installing unauthorised software on their machines.

From the information supplied it looks as though you have a Linux box and you do have a compiler available. This will enable you to download source code and compile the software. You need to think about this.

Do I need this software.
Am I allowed to install it.
Will I have space in my home directory (are quotas enabled).
Will the software need to be run as root.

Once you have answered these questions, and are happy to continue, and have downloaded a specific set of source code, then it may be possible to take this further. It helps if you know something about Unix and a little C.
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