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I want to install a library libevent . I forgot to su root and run ./configure under my user acount esolve. Then I notice I there are errors after make install with esolve.

my root can't modify files which are modified by esolve(I'm not very clear why, because this computer linux OS is configured by some system/network administrator ).

now I su root and run ./configure, and I got error:

 ./configure: line 2178 config.log permission denied

so where can I find the config.log file and remove or modify it?

FYI: my computer: 3.6.10-2.fc16.x86_64 the directory, where the library installation folder is, is mounted from another computer.


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this is impossible for us to know without more information. For starters, what Library? – Russell Uhl Jun 14 '13 at 16:22
libevent. what information is needed? thanks! – misteryes Jun 14 '13 at 16:39
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Avoid working as root. If you screw up, you will have much more work to redo.

Instead, learn how to install software as a user.

If possible, always try to install software from packages first. Most likely, the packages will be a lot easier to use and install.

There are some reasons when root cannot modify software, for example when you are using a network file system. The remote host might not trust "root", and will map access to nobody, who then cannot modify the files created by esolve. If you try to work as much as regular user as possible, you won't run into such problems as easily.

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