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I want to install ffmpeg, however it seems that its impossible without root. there are sources, but I have to compile it somehow. how to compile it? I just need ffmpeg "exec".

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Easiest way is to use source package. Read this

However, as an alternative you can always try to download the binary package, uncompress the .deb package in your home directory and append $HOME/bin and $HOME/usr/bin to PATH variable and $HOME/lib and $HOME/usr/lib to LD_LIBRARY_PATH variable.

If you manually unpack binary packages, you need to resolve missing dependencies by your self (unpack also all required libraries).

Another option is to manually compile (./configure --prefix=$HOME && make && make install) each library and ffmpeg from tar.gz packages.

Good luck.

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