6. Installing Packages from Source Code

Doing it the old way

Before RPM and YUM, installing packages from source code was the only way.

The three step process:

  • ./configure

    • Check for necessary components

    • Creates the Makefile

  • make

    • Builds the executable binary file

  • make install

    • Installs the software

Usually the source course is available in the tarball format such tar.gz or tar.bz - kind of a zipped file of some kind.


Installing Nmap 7.91 from source code:

wget https://nmap.org/dist/nmap-7.91.tar.bz2
file nmap-7.91.tar.bz2
bzip2 -d nmap-7.91.tar.bz2
tar -xf nmap-7.91.tar
yum groupinstall 'Development Tools'
cd nmap-7.91/
make install