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The AMOS source package has a name like: amos-1.4.5.tar.gz where 1.4.5 is the version of the code. Once you untar this file (using "tar -xzf amos-1.4.5.tar.gz" in Linux, or "gunzip -d amos-1.4.5.tar.gz | tar xf -" in other flavors of Unix) you will find the current AMOS distribution in a directory named amos-1.4.5. The next steps assume you have cd'd into this directory. AMOS uses the GNU autoconf package to reduce cross-platform compatibility issues. Before compiling the code you will need to run the configure script that will probe your system for the locations of all software packages required by AMOS. By simply running: ./configure you will prepare AMOS to be installed in the directory hosting the source package. This is OK if you are just testing AMOS. We recommend, however, that you provide the configure script with a more permanent home for AMOS, e.g.: ./configure –prefix=/usr/local will ultimately lead the AMOS directory hierarchy to be installed underneath /usr/local/. After running configure, make sure you check the messages left on your screen to make sure no errors occured. Errors during the configure step can lead to an incomplete build. To compile the code you need to simply run: make followed by make install