A real stoopid question from a newbie ( you'll enjoy this..)
I've managed to ( somehow ) get a lot of stuff running under my redhat9. But. It's been like pulling teeth to figure out the file structure, rpms, tar, bunzip2, etc... I think, though, that I may have figured out what I am doing wrong.
I noticed a lot of these programs just install themselves where they lay...and that makes their initial placement in the directory structure rather critical, right? How do you know where to install a file/executable? I've been spending a lot of time with video prgrams, such as MPlayer, Xine, Ogle, DVDRip, Acidrip, ( MPlayer insists on telling me that there is an error initiaizing the video_out device, Xine works every other time if I spin three times and chant, Ogle is trustworthy and fine, DVDRip is NOT a happy camper ( no support for DVD reading configured ), AcidRip ignores me ....) and am trying to understand some basic formula.
I used to just plunk downloads down onto the desktop ( ala Windows), but discovered .files were a hidden hassle, so I started downloading files into my /home/allen directory. Then things got even harrier ( lol ), so I started d/ling them to good ole ' / '. I now have files installed pretty much all over the place with no comprehensible structure...I have a mess to clean up.
OK, you've had a good laugh...
H e lp anyone?
Directories, files, folders and energy...
Excellent discussion! I enjoyed reading it thoroughly. I was thinking to myself earlier today about how one could explain to someone new to "information technology" that the computer is really just a tool to control electrical energy, in the sense of physics, and what is manipulated is information, which is also really nothing more than THOUGHT energy....enter Quantuum Physics. Einstein, who wasn't particularily comfortable with it, I believe, called one of the theories, "spooky action at a distance". It's all about energy...thanks again for your ( and others') help.