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For a bit of background, I am trying to install Chrome (or Chromium) on to a gentoo user account at my university. We are allowed to install software as we like, however we lack superuser access meaning I cannot just run emerge google-chrome.

Attempting to unpack the 64-bit .rpm provided by google and run it out of my user directory provided me with this:

$ ./chrome/google/chrome/google-chrome
./chrome/google/chrome/google-chrome: error while loading shared libraries: libcups.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

I don't have access to rpm2cpio (rendering the only other answer I could find less than helpful) but I do have access to rpmunpack and a whole host of rpm2[insert archive type here] commands.

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If you can live with chromium (open source variant of google-chrome) you can build it yourself. – Ulrich Dangel Aug 16 '12 at 13:26
According to the Linux Build Instructions page, a full build requires 10GB of space. Sadly, this is too much space. – Drakekin Aug 16 '12 at 13:53
Needs a ton of swap space too, if you have less then 4GB of system memory available during compile. – Tim Aug 16 '12 at 19:32
Chrome dpeends on a lot of libraries (such as libcups), you'll have to install them. They should all be in Gentoo, and they're useful for more than Chrome. If you can, convince your system administrator to install them. – Gilles Aug 17 '12 at 0:09
Does this help? Installing Gentoo packages as an ordinary user (non-root) Install the libraries first, then Chrome. – Gilles Aug 17 '12 at 0:10

Setup basic Gentoo VM, mark files, install Chrome (normal tools) and copy files installed after basic setup (including additional libraries).

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