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There are three mainstream Linux distributions:

  1. .rpm - based (RedHat, SuSE, Mandrake);
  2. .deb - based (Debian, Stampede);
  3. .tar.gz - based (Slackware).

If your Linux distribution supports rpm, download .src.rpm version of BestCrypt for Linux. Then rebuild and install it:

# rpm --rebuild BestCrypt-x.y-z.src.rpm or
# rpmbuild --rebuild BestCrypt-x.y-z.src.rpm on newer systems
# rpm -i /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i386/BestCrypt-x.y-z.i386.rpm

If your Linux distribution does not have rpm (i.e. .deb or .tar.gz - based), you should download .tgz (.tar.gz) version of BestCrypt distributive. In order to install, unpack it into separate directory and run "make" there:

# tar -zxvf bestcrypt-x.y.tar.gz
# make
# make install

BestCrypt for Linux will be compiled and installed on your computer. BestCrypt files are listed here.

You can now also consult

$ man bctool

Note: Some Linux distributions contain kernel headers/sources configured in other way than its kernel binaries.

In order to compile BestCrypt for Linux correctly and to prevent errors caused by version conflict (different kernel binary and sources/headers version) do following steps:

  1. Get kernel sources. Moreover, make sure that versions of your kernel binaries and sources are equal.
  2. Install kernel sources properly. In order to check it, issue make mrproper from the root of kernel source.
  3. Configure kernel sources accordingly to your kernel binary. If you run *smp kernel make sure that Symmetric Multiprocessing is checked.
  4. Issue make dep from the root of kernel source
  5. Install BestCrypt for Linux.
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