On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Jim Bob wrote:
> However, when the install gets to the modules in the ext/ dir, it begins
> trying to install these to /usr/local/lib/ruby/. This, of course, fails
> when I am running as a normal user.

Sound's like you have another ruby interpreter installed in 
/usr/local/bin, and this interpreter executes the extconf.rb scripts in 
your sources.

Throwing /usr/local/bin out of your PATH while building the new ruby might 
help.

  T