How to install Sphinx on Dreamhost VPS?


I am trying to install Sphinx Search for a site on my VPS. Sphinx version 2.1.9-release:

There are some basic instructions here:

Where do I install this? When I log into shell under a username, I start off in directory: /home/[username] . Do I install it right there? Or do I move up …/…/ to the root “/” directory and install it?

That sphinx guide says something about installing it to: /usr/local/sphinx ?

Kind regards


I’m trying to follow these instructions, but they are from 2009 (5 years ago):

I’m still having problems trying to figure out how to get this installed on my VPS. Hopefully someone can make an updated instruction or add it to the dreamhost wiki?

Kind regards


One of my websites is under a directory: /home/[username]

if I use the command: cd …/ , I will move up and there are about 20 of my usernames listed in the /home directory…

So should I be installing the Sphinx folder under one of my usernames, or should I go up one more level (cd …/) to the Root directory and install it there? Do I need to install a separate Sphinx for each website or is this a server-wide install? I plan on using Sphinx for a few different websites (which are under different usernames).

Nevermind, I think I figured it out - really awesome program!