Berkeley DB Reference Guide:
Building Berkeley DB for UNIX systems


Installing Berkeley DB

Berkeley DB installs the following files into the following locations, with the following default values:

Configuration VariablesDefault value
FilesDefault location
include files$(includedir)

With one exception, this follows the GNU Autoconf and GNU Coding Standards installation guidelines; please see that documentation for more information and rationale.

The single exception is the Berkeley DB documentation. The Berkeley DB documentation is provided in HTML format, not in UNIX-style man or GNU info format. For this reason, Berkeley DB configuration does not support --infodir or --mandir. To change the default installation location for the Berkeley DB documentation, modify the Makefile variable, docdir.

When installing Berkeley DB on filesystems shared by machines of different architectures, please note that although Berkeley DB include files are installed based on the value of $(prefix), rather than $(exec_prefix), the Berkeley DB include files are not always architecture independent.

To move the entire installation tree to somewhere besides /usr/local, change the value of prefix.

To move the binaries and libraries to a different location, change the value of exec_prefix. The values of includedir and libdir may be similarly changed.

Any of these values except for docdir may be set as part of the configuration:

prompt: ../dist/configure --bindir=/usr/local/bin

Any of these values, including docdir, may be changed when doing the install itself:

prompt: make prefix=/usr/contrib/bdb install

The Berkeley DB installation process will attempt to create any directories that do not already exist on the system.


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