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Packages are your friend. Really. If you’ve done systems admin for a while, you’ll realise that it’s worth the effort to do installations via a package. There’s 2 main benefits to my mind:
- You can easily remove the software later, upgrade it, or both
- In some systems you can also get checksums for the installed files – on Solaris systems for example you can run the ‘pkgchk’ command and verify that all of your software is intact.