On Thu, 09 Sep 2004 00:49:21 +0200
Andreas Waechter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Sven Neumann wrote:
>  >>   It
>  >>   is thus not possible to install this development version into the
>  >>   same prefix with GIMP 2.0.
> What does "prefix" mean?
> Does it mean "file system folder"?
> Then why call it "prefix"?

You are using windows?

In a unixy system, Linux is most common I guess, the install process is;

1. Unpack the file

2. configure it

3. make it

4. install it

steps 2,3 and 4 are normally written as

su make install

In the configure stage you can do all manner of configurations, the options available 
can be found by ./configure --help

One of the optios is where you will install it.
eg   ./configure --prefix=/opt

By custom, stable releases go to /usr  as the default directory
unstable go to /usr/local   as the default directory

If you want to put another instance of the program, then you must specify another 
directory, can be anything as long as it is not /usr or /usr/local

/opt is as good as any other.

If you are going to be running dozens of instances then you might want to make a 
series of directories /opt/gimp-v1 /opt/gimp-v2 and use them
as your install prefix, eg ./configure --prefix=/opt/gimp-v2 and everything will go 
there and won't clobber any of your other libraries.


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