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Install on Solaris 2.8 - why not as root?

From: Tref Gare <trefgare(at)>
Date: Tue Oct 29 2002 - 04:19:44 GMT
HI all,
Any help greatly appreciated.  
I've just been installing swish-e on a Solaris box and found that I
couldn't get it to install (or rather ./configure) unless I was logged
in as root.  
I'm by no means a Unix expert (closer to Newbie) so could someone please
enlighten me as to why we're not meant to do the first couple of steps
of the install process ie:
as root? I can understand why you wouldn't want to run swish-e as root
but why can't you install it as such?
And more importantly perhaps, given that this was the only way I could
get it to configure/compile, what are the side effects of having done
Many thanks
Tref Gare
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