Roman Stanchak on 28 Jul 2008 20:34:34 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] compiling firefox

I was in a similar situation once upon a time.  Being a Gentoo user
(at the time), I stumbled upon Prefix Gentoo:

Which describes itself as:
An effort to bring the virtues of Gentoo Linux to users on different
operating systems, by means of installing in a "prefix".

Usually, Gentoo's Portage installs in the root of the filesystem
hierarchy, '/'. On systems other than Gentoo Linux, this usually
results in problems, due to conflicts of software packages, unless the
OS is adapted like Gentoo/FreeBSD. Instead, Gentoo Prefix installs
with an offset, allowing to install in another location in the
filesystem hierarchy, hence avoiding conflicts. Next to this offset,
Gentoo Prefix runs unprivileged, meaning no root user or rights are
required to use it.

I used it for a while, and while I can't say it was entirely a smooth
ride (Gentoo never is), it did ease dependency resolve dependency


On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM, Mag Gam <> wrote:
> This is a legit question Mike.
> 1) I have no root on my system
> 2) My sysadmin won't install it for me
> 3) I run a old version of RHEL 3.0
> 4) We compile programs locally because the sysadmins are too lazy to
> do their job
> I think you get the idea...
> Speed, Execution, File Size, Customized Compile options, pfft thats
> for suckers (or Gentoo Users). I just want a recent version of
> Firefox. Simple.
> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 8:20 AM, Michael Leone <> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 7:37 AM, Mag Gam <> wrote:
>>> Has anyone managed to compile firefox 3.0.1locally? I am trying to do
>>> this, but the dependency hell is killing me. If you have done this,
>>> can you please share with the rest of us how you did it?
>> I'm curious, and this is a serious question. What advantage are you
>> looking to gain by compiling locally, as opposed to using a
>> pre-packaged binary? Execution speed? File size? Customized compile
>> options? I usually always try and use packages whenever possible,
>> especially on an application that would be updated fairly frequently,
>> such as FireFox, etc.
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