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I downloaded NodeJS from the official website as a tarball and extracted it but I can't install it. The BULDING.md file says I should

./configure

then

make -j4

However, trying ./configure inside the directory returns this error:

bash: ./configure: No such file or directory

I solved this error (see the comments), but now after running make -j4 I get this error:

node bin/npm-cli.js install marked --no-global --no-timing --no-save
node bin/npm-cli.js install marked-man --no-global --no-timing --no-save
bash: node: command not found
bash: node: command not found
Makefile:154: recipe for target 'node_modules/.bin/marked' failed
make: *** [node_modules/.bin/marked] Error 127
make: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
Makefile:159: recipe for target 'node_modules/.bin/marked-man' failed
make: *** [node_modules/.bin/marked-man] Error 127

yet I have all dependencies (git, python, g++ and make). What am I missing here?
Note: I know I could install it using apt but I want to use this as part of learning.

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  • The apt package is not up-to-date but the node snap package is kept up-to-date, so there's no longer any reason to compile the tarball. To install the node snap package in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu: askubuntu.com/questions/594656/…
    – karel
    May 21, 2018 at 12:29
  • @karel good to hear, but what's wrong in this specific case?
    – Samuel
    May 21, 2018 at 13:19
  • The instructions for building Node.js in this specific case are contained in the BUILDING.md file in the tarball that you downloaded (node-v8.11.2.tar.gz). The commands to build Node.js are 1. ./configure and 2. make -j4 The first command in your question is .configure which is wrong. It should be ./configure
    – karel
    May 21, 2018 at 13:33
  • The building.md file is the one I was calling readme file but those are the exact same instructions that I followed. Running ./configure gives the above error.
    – Samuel
    May 21, 2018 at 13:36
  • You need to change directories using cd to the directory containing the configure file (so that bash can find it) before running the ./configure command.
    – karel
    May 21, 2018 at 13:42

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