[gmx-users] "Make Install" hold-up

Erik Lindahl lindahl at sbc.su.se
Thu Mar 10 17:31:36 CET 2005

Hi Mike,

Gromacs uses the standard GNU-style autoconfiguration, so you can 
always specify the installation location with "--prefix" to the 
configure script.


./configure --prefix=/home/mike/software

would put binaries in /home/mike/software/[bin,lib] and data in 

The current Gromacs release appends an architecture-specific directory, 
but we'll be moving away from that in future releases (it can always be 
set/unset explicitly with --exec-prefix).



On Mar 10, 2005, at 5:24 PM, Michael Clark wrote:

> I compiled GROMACS on a UNIX machine, with the "lib" and "include" 
> directories in my home directory.  It compiled fine.  But, when I 
> enter "make install," it turns out I don't have permission to write to 
> /usr/local/ on the machine.  Is there a way to not use that directory 
> for the files that need to be installed?  Or am I just going to have 
> to get permissions from the admin?
> Yay for being a newbie (sarcastic),
> Mike Clark
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