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2.1 Building and Installing Player

System requirements, including platforms on which Player is known to build and run, are given in Section 1.3. If you've got one of those systems and the necessary tools (e.g., g++), then the build is pretty simple.

First, open your source tarball. Generic instructions are given in INSTALL, and more information is in README. If you don't feel like reading those files, the following should suffice:

  $ ./configure
  $ make
  $ make install
Player will be installed in the default location: /usr/local/. Note that this location differs from older versions, which were installed in $HOME. The configure script accepts a number of options for customizing the build process, including changing the install location and adding/removing device drivers. For example, to change the install location for Player, do:
  $ ./configure --prefix <path>
To see a complete list of such options (e.g., to enable drivers that aren't built by default), do:
  $ ./configure --help