How to install a program only for a user

John Francis john.francis at
Wed Dec 21 03:46:44 UTC 2005

On 21/12/05, Jeff Vian <jvian10 at> wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-12-20 at 19:17 +0530, Parameshwara Bhat wrote:
> > How can one install a program just for the user and not system wide?
> >
> > Paramehswara Bhat
> >
> put the executable in $HOME/bin, or anywhere else in the users home
> directory tree as long as the path is properly set or the entire path is
> used to call it.

Really depends on the program and the installation method.

As Alain mentioned:
./configure --prefix=$HOME/local && make && make install
will usually work when installing from source tarball.

If installing from RPM then adding --prefix $HOME/local will usually work.

Some programs come with an installer which gives you the option of
choosing where to install.

And sometimes it is as simple as just grabbing the binary and putting
it in $HOME/bin (or anywhere in the user's home directory).

Kind regards,

John Francis

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