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Old 11-04-2004, 05:00 AM   #1
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Question GAIM Installation w/o root on Debian

I am pretty much an absolute newbie. I have installed Red Hat a couple of times and have used Linux and Solaris at work (mostly for work related things).

I want to install GAIM at work, but I of course do not have root access. Is there a away to do this. I have succeeded at doing this before by finding an already compiled version for my processor/OS, but I have not been able to find one for Debian/i386. I also looked around to make sure it wasn't installed already

Any suggestions?

Old 11-04-2004, 06:45 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure will need to be root. Thats one of the major conerstones of linux security.
Old 11-04-2004, 09:41 AM   #3
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Yes you can't install it without root access.

Though depending on the security and how far you want to go to install gaim you might be able to get root access with a liveCD and then install it.

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Old 11-05-2004, 03:54 AM   #4
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How about a way just to 'use' it

Is there a way I could just 'use' GAIM without 'installing' it?

I did this on a Solaris box once by downloading the executable and just running it out of my home directory, however, I haven't been able to find a compiled executable.

Any suggestions
Old 11-05-2004, 07:17 AM   #5
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Sure, you can install the program into your home directory. You might wind up having to build it from source, in your home directory, though. If you configure something wit a prefix of /home/user/progs then the binary should go to /home/users/progs/bin, the libraries to the accompanying lib directory, etc.
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So, I tried:

./configure --prefix=/home/dm/docs/gaim

at the end of that I got

gaim 1.0.2

Build Protocol Plugins........ : yes
Protocols to link statically.. :
Protocols to build dynamically : gg irc jabber msn napster novell oscar yahoo zephyr

UI Library.................... : GTK 2.x
SSL Library/Libraries......... : GNUTLS

Build with Plugin support..... : yes
Build with Perl support....... : no
Build with Tcl support........ : no
Build with Tk support......... : no
Build with Audio support...... : no
Build with NAS support........ : no
Build with GtkSpell support... : no

Use kerberos 4 with zephyr.... : no
Use external libzephyr........ : no

Use XScreenSaver Extension.... : yes
Use X Session Management...... : yes
Use startup notification.......: no

Print debugging messages...... : no

Gaim will be installed in /home/dm/docs/gaim/bin.

configure complete, now type 'make'
then I run make, and I get a lot of stuff and then
gaim-remote.o -lglib-2.0    ../plugins/gaim-remote/ -lnsl
make[3]: Leaving directory `/home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2/src'
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2/src'
make[2]: Entering directory `/home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2'
make[2]: Für das Ziel »all-am« ist nichts zu tun.
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2'
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2'
But there is nothing in /home/dm/docs/gaim! If I look in /home/dm/docs/gaim-1.0.2/src/ there is a compiled gaim executable that I can run, but there are no protocols.
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You have to run 'make install' after make.


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