From: "M. Leo Cooper" <>
Subject: WWW: Software Building mini-HOWTO Updated
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 09:38:09 GMT


There is a great deal of generic UNIX software available as source code
on the Net and on collected archives CD's, like the ones that came with
your Linux distribution. Unfortunately, building a software package from
source, then installing it can be tricky, if not totally mystifying.

The latest update, version 1.52, of my Software Building mini-HOWTO
explains the process in considerable detail, with examples. Now, you
don't need to be a veteran system administrator and/or a programmer to
install packages that did not come with your distribution.

The Software Building mini-HOWTO is located at:

Of course, the Software Building mini-HOWTO can also be accessed at the
LDP "headquarters", at Sunsite,

Questions and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Mendel Leo Cooper (

"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity
and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity
will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy ...  neither its
pipes nor its theories will hold water."
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