I'm on the verge of giving up installing the atom editor on a university machine to which I don't have root access to. The instructions on the Github page for building from source require some dependencies that need root access (libgnome-keyring-dev). An alternative suggested to me was to download the source code and try to compile it myself to a local directory. I'm finding it hard to get started on this however, because there are a large number of javascript files (I would appreciate any help on this). Any one with any suggestions or an easier way to do this?

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    Building from source requires root access, seriously? Edit the question and provide this link – It’s your job, not ours. – Incnis Mrsi Sep 18 '15 at 17:44
  • If building from source truly requires root, then you're better off finding a different editor written by a project team that doesn't do bad things (like require the build to be performed as root). – John Sep 18 '15 at 19:00
  • @IncnisMrsi Edited. (P.S: It wouldn't kill you to be polite) – TheMagicalMachine Sep 18 '15 at 19:16
  • It's written in javascript, and you should notice a shebang with something like node which stands for the nodejs executable in something like main.js. It's almost the same idea as other scripting languages here. – Mingye Wang Sep 18 '15 at 22:00

Why don't you try unpacking, but not fully installing, the binary package for your OS. For example, I looked in the releases dir and downloaded (with e.g. firefox, curl, or wget) the 64 bit rpm for my Fedora 22, into a newly created directory, myatom, then unpacked it with

cd myatom
rpm2cpio x86_64.rpm | cpio -cid

and ran


and it seemed to work.

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