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I don't like the mess some software makes when it install in my system so I want to move it to a more appropriate place.

My questions are:

1- Where is the most appropriated directory for this? (some hidden folder made with this purpose, I thought linux had something like this as a standard)

2- How I move it without breaking anything?

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[–] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago (2 children)

RE Go: Others have already mentioned the right way, thought I'd personally prefer ~/opt/go over what was suggested.

RE Perl: To instruct Perl to install to another directory, for example to ~/opt/perl5, put the following lines somewhere in your bash init files.

export PERL5LIB="$HOME/opt/perl5/lib/perl5${PERL5LIB:+:${PERL5LIB}}"
export PERL_MB_OPT="--install_base \"$HOME/opt/perl5\""
export PERL_MM_OPT="INSTALL_BASE=$HOME/opt/perl5"
export PATH="$HOME/opt/perl5/bin${PATH:+:${PATH}}"

Though you need to re-install the Perl packages you had previously installed.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago) (1 children)

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[–] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago

I didn't like the capitalised names so configured xdg to use all lowercase letters. That's why ~/opt fits in pretty nicely.

You've got a point re ~/.local/opt but I personally like the idea of having the important bits right in my home dir. Here's my layout (which I'm quite used to now after all these years):

$ ls ~


  • bin is just a bunch of symlinks to frequently used apps from opt
  • src is where i keep clones of repos (but I don't do work in src)
  • workspace is a where I do my work on git worktrees (based off src)