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I installed a library to the /usr/local/ prefix in Linux using ./configure && make && make install. What environment variables do I need to set in order for the linker and compiler to search these new library and header paths?

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You shouldn't need to set anything, as /usr/local is searched through by default, both for header files and libraries.

If you installed a dynamic library (.so) file, however, you might need to run sudo ldconfig to use it.

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