XSteve's stow pageI use gnu stow to install some packages from soure on my linux systems.
I installed the emacs developer version via stow on my ubuntu systemInstall stow (only needed, if its not already available on your system)
sudo apt-get install stow
Stow should store the local tree at ~/prg
mkdir -p ~/prg/stow Configure, build and install emacs in /home/stefan/prg/stow/emacscd ~/work/tla/emacs ./configure --prefix=/home/stefan/prg/stow/emacs make bootstrap make install Create the links in the ~/prg subdirectories.