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Old 02-09-2009
Installing Software

Hi all,

So I remotly log on to one of the unix boxes we have at work. I want to use a software that is not installed on the server. What's better? to install it locally in my home folder and use it, or to ask the system admin to install it on the server? and what's the main difference? I asuume that everybody can use it when the system admin installs it.

Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2009
That depends on the size of the program itself and it's dependencies, and how useful this software might be to other users.
My rule of thumb would be: If possible, ask the admin if there's a policy regarding installing software and go by that. If there's none: if it's a large application (think GCC) and/or it has a lot of dependencies (lots of libraries and/or large libraries), ask the admin. If it's useful for other users, ask the admin.
 
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