To install flawfinder on a Unix-like system (including Cygwin):
If you use an RPM-based system (e.g., Red Hat) or deb-based system
(e.g., Debian), use their respective RPM or debian installation program
and just install it; then ignore the rest of these instructions.
For a ports-based system where you have a current port, just use that.
The quick way to install flawfinder from the tarball is to
unpack the tarball and type in something like this on the commmand line:
sudo make prefix=/usr install
Omit prefix=/usr to install in /usr/local instead.
Omit "sudo" if you are already root.
You don't even have to install it; running it as "./flawfinder ..."
will work just fine if you have Python 2 installed (though it's
probably more convenient to install it).
Not enough? Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions and options.
* Download the "tarball" and uncompress it.
GNU-based systems can run "tar xvzf flawfinder*.tar.gz" to do so,
then "cd" into the directory created. If that doesn't work
(e.g., you have an old tar program), use:
tar xvf flawfinder*.tar
* Decide where you want to put it. Flawfinder normally installs everything
in /usr/local, with the program in /usr/local/bin and the man page in
/usr/local/share/man/man1, per GNU conventions. You can override this
when installing (with "make install") by setting some environment
variables. You can do this by setting traditional GNU variables, e.g.,
"prefix" = prefix of all files, default /usr/local
"bindir" = directory for binaries, default $(prefix)/bin
(the program "flawfinder" is put here)
"datarootdir" = data for shared data, by default $(prefix)/share
"mandir" = directory for all man pages, default $(datarootdir)/man
"man1dir" = directory for all man1 pages, default $(mandir)/man1
(the man page "flawfinder.1" is put here). Given the
previous definitions, its default is $(prefix)/share/man/man1
It is common to override "prefix" with "/usr" instead.
You can also use the older flawfinder makefile variables to control
installation; you can set:
INSTALL_DIR = prefix, default $(prefix)
INSTALL_DIR_BIN = program location, default $(bindir)
INSTALL_DIR_MAN = manual location, default $(man1dir)
Note that the default of INSTALL_DIR_MAN has changed; at one time
it was $(prefix)/man/man1, but now it is $(prefix)/share/man/man1
* If you're using Cygwin on Windows, you can install it using "make install"
but you need to tell the makefile to use the .py extension
whenever you use make. This will be another make install override.
If you'll just install it, do this:
make PYTHONEXT=.py install
If you don't want to pass the "PYTHONEXT" extension each time,
you can change the file "makefile" to remember this. Just change
the line beginning with "PYTHONEXT=" so that it reads as follows:
* Now install it, giving whatever overrides you need. Currently it really
only installs two files, an executable and a man page (documentation).
In most cases, you'll need to be root, so run this first:
Then give the "make install" command appropriate for your system.
For an all-default installation, which is what you need for most cases:
(you need to be root; "make uninstall" reverses it).
To install in /usr (the program in /usr/bin, the manual in /usr/man):
make prefix=/usr install
or alternatively, using the older flawfinder conventions:
make INSTALL_DIR=/usr install
To install in /usr on Cygwin:
make prefix=/usr PYTHONEXT=.py install
To put the binaries in /usr/bin, and the manuals under /usr/local/share/man
(common for Red Hat Linux), do:
make prefix=/usr mandir=/usr/local/share/man install
The installer and uninstaller honor DESTDIR.
* Windows systems should be able to run this on the command line (cmd.exe)
directly, but I haven't tried that.
* You can also simply run the program in the directory you've unpacked it
into. It's a simple Python program, just type into a command line: