Fiddling with File Locations and Fighting with Installers

For this example, you need the netpbm package, available from or from its original home at A more recent version of netpbm is available, and it's the one you'll actually want to install and use eventually, but this older version makes for a nice tour through the underbelly of a software install. The easy download solution is

curl -O

The file should be 2057293 bytes in length. Uncompress it, untar it, and check whether it wants configure or make:

brezup:software source $ gunzip netpbm-9.12.tgz brezup:software source $ ...

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