If you encounter the following error on linux:
error: could not configure a cxx compiler!
sudo aptitude install build-essential
To permanently add node to the path in RHEL/Fedora, add it to your .bashrc by running:
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/local/node/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc
If you have trouble building with the directions given try this (mac & maybe linux/bsd)
in the root directory of the source code:
./configure make sudo make install
configure is currently broken for some versions of MacOS; for more details, see How to compile Node.js v0.4.2 on MacOS 10.5.8. The working approach cited there is as follows:
export PATH=/Developer/usr/bin:$PATH ISYSROOT="-isysroot /Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.5.sdk" export LINKFLAGS=$ISYSROOT CXXFLAGS=$ISYSROOT CFLAGS=$ISYSROOT ./configure --prefix=$HOME --without-ssl make
Something in the libv8 build process seems to fail erratically when using ccache (on OS X with gcc4, anyway), so if you see errors building accessors.o, try removing ccache from your path.
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/joyent/node.git
returns this error:
fatal: https://github.com/joyent/node.git/info/refs download error - The requested URL returned error: 403
got this working instead with
git clone --depth 1 git://github.com/joyent/node.git