On Mon, Jan 12, 2004 at 11:40:59PM +0900, Dave Thomas wrote:
> 
> On Jan 12, 2004, at 7:49, James F. Hranicky wrote:
> >If it did follow DESTDIR, a normal user could install both ruby and 
> >the new
> >ri/rdoc files into DESTDIR without being root.
> 
> I still need to understand all this DESTDIR business. When I need to 
> install Ruby non-root, I simple do
> 
>    ./configure --prefix=~/ruby
> 
> That runs fine.

DESTDIR is a prefix used for installing ONLY.  It's sort of a chroot for
install.

Ie, if I do an install with DESTDIR=/mnt, then I can later boot from the
disk on /mnt and expect to have everything work (though that disk is now
/).

Eivind.