Solaris Install: Non-standard location

(Resending after a bit more refactoring. Guidance
would be most appreciated.)

Were I able to install at the default location,
things would be golden. Unfortunately, that’s
not an option.

My first attempt at installing failed horribly.
(Couldn’t access GetoptLong, for instance, because
the site variables are pointing to the default location.)

I’m gearing up to try again.

There seem to be two ways to do it:

  • Do things manually
  • Specify command lone options when running configure

OPTION 1: Do things manually

Is this the right way to go?

The process seems to be
a) Run configure to create config.h and the Makefile.
b) Edit config.h to set the environment variables.
(Yes? Not clear from the installation instructions)
c) Build, specifying the destination options:
% make install prefix=/foo

I did (a) and © last time, but not (b). The result was
a “successful” build. But running ruby with the debug
option showed that Ruby’s internal variables matched
the values contained in config.h:

#define RUBY_LIB “/usr/local/lib/ruby/1.8”
#define RUBY_SITE_LIB “/usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby”
#define RUBY_SITE_LIB2 “/usr/local/lib/ruby/site_ruby/1.8”
#define RUBY_PLATFORM “sparc-solaris2.9”


  • Should I change those from “/usr/local/lib” to my
    target destination before running make?

  • If I do that, is prefix=/myDestinationPath still
    needed when running make?

  • What’s the difference between LIB, SITE_LIB, and
    SITE_LIB2 ?

OPTION 2: Specify command line options during configure

This seems like it should be the right way to go, but
there are /many/ options (below), and only one of them
looks to be at all relevant:

–with-sitedir=DIR site libraries in DIR
Default: PREFIX/lib/ruby/site_ruby

But I set PREFIX when I ran make last time. So it’s
not clear that changing that one setting would do
much good.

I tried doing the build without the special instructions,
and ran into an error when the script tried to do this:

      mkdir -p -m 755 /usr/local/lib

That fails, here. But there is no option that looks useful.
They all default to PREFIX/… and I set that on makefile
command line.


Fine tuning of the installation directories:
–bindir=DIR user executables [EPREFIX/bin]
–sbindir=DIR system admin executables
–libexecdir=DIR program executables [EPREFIX/libexec]
–datadir=DIR read-only architecture-independent
–sysconfdir=DIR read-only single-machine data
–sharedstatedir=DIR modifiable
architecture-independent data
–localstatedir=DIR modifiable single-machine data
–libdir=DIR object code libraries [EPREFIX/lib]
–includedir=DIR C header files [PREFIX/include]
–oldincludedir=DIR C header files for non-gcc
–infodir=DIR info documentation [PREFIX/info]
–mandir=DIR man documentation [PREFIX/man]

Program names:
–program-prefix=PREFIX prepend PREFIX to installed
program names
–program-suffix=SUFFIX append SUFFIX to installed
program names
run sed PROGRAM on installed
program names

System types:
–build=BUILD configure for building on BUILD [guessed]
–host=HOST cross-compile to build programs to run
–target=TARGET configure for building compilers for

Optional Features:
–disable-FEATURE do not include FEATURE
(same as --enable-FEATURE=no)
–enable-FEATURE[=ARG] include FEATURE [ARG=yes]
–enable-frame-address use GCC __builtin_frame_address().
–disable-largefile omit support for large files
–enable-pthread use pthread library.
–enable-setreuid use setreuid()/setregid()
according to need
even if obsolete.
–disable-rpath embed run path into extension
–enable-shared build a shared library for Ruby.
–enable-install-doc build and install rdoc indexes
during install

Optional Packages:
–with-PACKAGE[=ARG] use PACKAGE [ARG=yes]
–without-PACKAGE do not use PACKAGE (same as
–without-gcc never use gcc
–with-default-kcode=CODE specify default value for $KCODE
–with-dln-a-out use dln_a_out if possible
–with-static-linked-ext link external modules statically
–with-sitedir=DIR site libraries in DIR
–with-search-path=DIR specify the additional search path
–with-mantype=TYPE specify man page type; TYPE is one of
man and doc

Some influential environment variables:
CC C compiler command
CFLAGS C compiler flags
LDFLAGS linker flags, e.g. -L if you have
libraries in a
nonstandard directory
CPPFLAGS C/C++ preprocessor flags, e.g. -I if you have
headers in a nonstandard directory
CPP C preprocessor

Whoops. Forget to list messages in threaded
view, and didn’t realize folks had already
responded. Kindly disregard the duplicate

(Where’s that pullback button…)

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