OK - stupid Q here:
If I am on a shared Linux server is there some way to modify installs (i.e. ./configure, MAKE, MAKE INSTALL) so that they work?
I'm assuming that because I'm on a shared server that Dreamhost doesn't want me updating files in /USR and /BIN, etc. but can I tuck them in my /HOME/username dir and still have the programs work?
Thank you for your help - still somewhat new to Linux.