Linux – How to specify download directory in Linux


I am new to Linux, running Fedora 13.

If installing from source, how do I specify the directory into which I want to download the file? I have a Download directory set up in my home directory but nothing ever goes there and I spend all my time searching for the files I just downloaded. I obviously have no idea what I am doing.

The download pages don't provide me with a choice, that I can see. I usually end up doing yum install but then I don't really learn anything from the process.

Any help would be appreciated.

Best Answer

For changing download behavior in Firefox, check here:

It's Edit/Preferences, General tab - either set another default directory or check Always ask me where to save files to be asked every time.