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Re: Guile

From: Thien-Thi Nguyen
Subject: Re: Guile
Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 07:59:38 -0400

   From: Jon Wilson <address@hidden>
   Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2005 15:50:50 -0500

   Run configure and make as an unprivileged user, and then run make
   install as root, IF necessary.  (which it probably is, but give it a
   shot as unprivileged first.)

this advice can be extended also to "make install", if the installation
directories are not "system directories".  the approach is to create
"~/local" (in my case, this resolves to "/home/ttn/local") and configure
for, install into, and evaluate safely, software under that directory.
"safely" because you need not worry about damaging the system dirs due
to the fact that you can completely avoid being root.

one-time setup (suitable for ~/.bashrc or the like):
  export PATH=$HOME/local/bin:$PATH

building software:
  cd [directory where source is expanded from the tarball]
  ./configure --prefix ~/local [other configure options...]
  make check
  make install
  make installcheck

note: in the one-time setup, there is $HOME instead of ~, but the idea
is the same.  of course there is a downside: software that presumes to
be installed in a system directory.  hopefully, those will be few.


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