[racket-dev] sudo make install

From: Jon Rafkind (rafkind at cs.utah.edu)
Date: Fri Dec 31 16:44:26 EST 2010

Well I'm not sure when he will pop into irc again but I'll try to
reproduce this scenario.

On 12/31/2010 02:43 PM, Robby Findler wrote:
> Probably whatever is writing to the preferences file should not be doing that.
> If he could send along whatever is in the .racket/ directory (and
> owned by root) that would be useful.
> Robby
> On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 1:38 AM, Jon Rafkind <rafkind at cs.utah.edu> wrote:
>> A user on IRC complained about an issue where after building and
>> installing racket (with 'sudo make install') he received the following
>> error upon starting drracket:
>> Error saving preferences: open-output-file: cannot open output file:
>> "~/.racket/.LOCKracket-prefs.rktd" (Permission denied; errno=13)
>> Apparently some part of the installation process writes to ~/.racket and
>> since he used 'sudo' it was with root privileges. Its worth noting that
>> if you use 'su -c make install' things work because 'su -c' changes
>> $HOME to /root whereas sudo does not.
>> The user used 'sudo make install' because he passed
>> '--prefix=/usr/local' to configure and so expected things to install
>> there. I suppose this is a case of user error but its extremely subtle
>> so I wouldn't call it that.
>> Maybe during installation ~/.racket shouldn't be used, and /tmp/racket
>> could be used instead or something?
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