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if you don’t have a sudo account that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to compile and install code from source.  it turns out that all you need to do is set the prefix ./configure flag to a directory that you’ve got write-access to, and then you’re set to go.  i found this extremely helpful while i was trying to install a copy of subversion (svn) on a machine that i didn’t have an administrator’s account on.  here’s an example of what i mean:

> ./configure –prefix=/my_home_directory/src/svn

> make

> make install

(found initially on subversion.tigris.org message forums)

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One Response to “how to compile and install from source without root access”

  1. on 19 Jun 2008 at 7:05 am John Doereg

    Nice one!

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