Joined: July 2004
||Posted: May 18 2007,23:49
Many different ways to get what you need in *nix =o)
My own methods change depending on the current circumstances...what kind of package it is, whether it's installed automatically every time i boot or if i hook it up manually just when i want it, whether I'm in my custom-configured DSL or a vanilla testing session.
Sometimes I modify PATH, particularly if there is more than one executable in the program...sometimes I'll make a symlink in $HOME/bin (I *always* create a $HOME/bin directory and add it to the top of PATH if the distro doesn't already do that)...sometimes an alias is more convenient....sometimes I have a half-dozen little wrapper scripts for certain applications.
One thing I don't do in DSL, though, is add files outside of /ramdisk, apart from a couple of files backed up from /etc. Usually that means nothing goes to /usr or /bin, unless I'm compiling stuff.
It's not that I think it's a bad idea; I just try to stay as close to the original state of DSL as possible, as more of a challenge than a necessity.