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Old 07-22-2008
MySQL installing softwares and utilities in unix

Greetings to Everyone, iam a new unix learner , can anyone tell me how to install softwares and utilities in unix, (comparing with windows installation) . in windows we use to install softwares like executing a "exe" file with "next,next....finish."

Give me some details abt "how the setup files will be in unix" and is there any executable files for softwares in unix.

Thanks in advance
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Old 07-22-2008
Many modern U*x platforms have a package management system like rpm, deb, emerge, pkg, etc. Which one to use depends on your platform.

Traditionally, you would download a .tar.gz of source code, and build your own software from source. Many open-source projects are distributed in this form if you get them straight from their web site. Customarily you would extract the tar, and run something like "make install" in the extracted directory. This obviously fails unless you have the required software development tools (usually at least a C compiler and Make).
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