Originally Posted by gearhead364
wow I feel stupid, just had to become root (su)
if any one has any pointers or suggestions so I can understand linux better
is there any way that I can set access so that I can create/modify folders without having to become root every time
Please don't. Making the /usr/ hierarchy world writable is a very bad idea.
Look into setting up sudo. It might be setup already. If not make yourself a member of the wheel group. Then run "visudo" to edit the /etc/sudoers file. There are one of two lines that you simply need to delete the "# " characters to uncomment them. The /etc/sudoers file is well commented.
# Uncomment to allow people in group wheel to run all commands
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) ALL
# Same thing without a password
# %wheel ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
Uncomment one of the lines above to allow you to use sudo.
Now, when you come to the install phase of installing from source, you just need to use "sudo make install" instead of "make install".