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I would like to download and install (compile) gnu tree on linux machine with no root access, but Googling GNU tree doesn't even give me a page where to download it to. Anyone?

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  • No root access: just export an user directory such as ~/.local/bin, etc to PATH, then similarly ~/.local/lib to LIBRARY_PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH and then use GNU stow to manage your locally built packages. Done.
    – dmvianna
    Feb 10 '16 at 5:43
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Here is the official website and the latest sources: http://mama.indstate.edu/users/ice/tree/

Rather than compiling tree you may want to have a look at this one-liner in shellscript:

ls -R | grep ":$" | sed -e 's/:$//' -e 's/[^-][^\/]*\//--/g' -e 's/^/   /' -e 's/-/|/' 

Not as clean as tree but good enough for the majority of cases !

For another implementation of tree in bash the guy made a good script here: http://mama.indstate.edu/users/ice/bash/btree

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  • The problems with such one-liners are, as you have noted yourself, that 1) they are not as clean as tree and 2) they are only "good enough" for the "majority".
    – user1686
    Feb 15 '12 at 10:36
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    A machine without root access is "good enough" too for the majority, we are not talking about an edge case here but a specific one. Moreover when you are down to compiling your tools on a machine you're not root on you may be interested in quicker solution as a bash script ; installing a compiler and resolving dependencies isn't that fun just to display a tree representation of some folders.
    – Shadok
    Feb 15 '12 at 14:00

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