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when you are compiling software from the source code, whats the difference when you do make compared to make install Figured you folks always enjoy answering an easy one...
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    Newb question....easy one


    when you are compiling software from the source code, whats the difference when you do
    make
    compared to
    make install

    Figured you folks always enjoy answering an easy one

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    Just "make" compiles the code. "make install" actually installs it. Of course, technically, you can run "make install" directly, since the install target in the Makefile requires the sources to have been built, and therefore that will be done as well. However, if you're doing development on the program, that can cause a lot of trouble for you, since you will have all intermediate files created with UID = root, which means that you can't recompile as the normal user.

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