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I am trying to build xpra on local directory without root privileges. The xpra official site says: https://www.xpra.org/trac/wiki/Building

Building with distutils

For installing into a local ./install directory as a normal user, simply run:

./setup.py install --home=./install

You then have to add the local installation directory to your PYTHONPATH whenever you want to use xpra:

PYTHONPATH=./install/lib*/python xpra ...

However it still tries to install python code in the global (write protected directories)

error: could not create '/usr/apps/python/etc': Read-only file system

after doing:

$ mkdir install
$ pwd
/home/user/soft/xpra/src
$ export PYTHONPATH=./install/lib/python/xpra #also tried without this.
$ ./setup.py install --home=./install

Do you know of any workaround to avoid writing to the global directory?

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    There were fixes in this area recently, try a newer version. – totaam Jul 3 '17 at 13:45
  • @totaam, Thanks, I am trying this on Fedora at the moment, I get this error gcc: error: /usr/lib/rpm/redhat/redhat-hardened-cc1: No such file or directory error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1. This is from Xpra sources version 2.0.3. – alfC Jul 5 '17 at 8:35
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    You are missing the rpm build tools: stackoverflow.com/questions/34624428 – totaam Jul 6 '17 at 9:23

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