[GRASS-user] Multiple installs of GRASS?

Shane Litherland litherland-farm at bigpond.com
Thu Oct 13 10:15:01 EDT 2011

Thanks Paulo, I suspected that was the 'right' way to approach it but
was vague on the locations/config.

See how I go with it (a weekend project I think).


On Thu, 2011-10-13 at 14:49 +0200, Paulo van Breugel wrote:
> You can compile your ' working' GRASS in e.g., /usr/local/grass64 and
> your 'try-out' GRASS in /usr/local/grass70. You do this setting the
> --prefix option when configuring (e.g., ./configure
> --prefix=/usr/local/grass64 ...).
> To be able to run the working and try-out versions by typing
> respectively grass64 and grass70 on the command line, you copy their
> executables to the /usr/bin, like below;
> ln -s /usr/local/grass64/bin/grass64 /usr/bin/
> ls -s /usr/local/grass70/bin/grass70 /usr/bin/
> Just realized you already have a functional one installed. In that
> case, just install the try-out version as described above, it should
> not interfere with the existing one.
> Cheers,
> Paulo
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM, Shane Litherland
> <litherland-farm at bigpond.com> wrote:
>         Hi all,
>         So, I know one can have a 'working' GRASS and a
>         'try-if-you-dare' GRASS
>         on the one computer... a quick web search on how to do
>         multiple grass
>         installs gave me more info on laying turf than on computing
>         though!
>         The GRASS wiki has good info on compiling from source, but
>         didn't see
>         anything clear about how to set up a testing GRASS without it
>         interfering with my existing, functional one.
>         Any tips on where/what to read to get this right? am on ubuntu
>         10.04,
>         working with GRASS 6.4.1, want to try the 6.4.2RC to check if
>         a few
>         glitches I am aware of have been sorted out.
>         I probably read info about this months/years ago but need to
>         update
>         myself before I blunder on into compiling from source-code!
>         Regards,
>         Shane.
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