[racket-dev] sudo make install

From: Robby Findler (robby at eecs.northwestern.edu)
Date: Fri Dec 31 16:43:05 EST 2010

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.


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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