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CoffeeScript Programming with jQuery, Rails, and Node.js by Michael Erasmus

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Building Node.js from source

If you prefer not to use a package manager or installer, or don't have one available for your OS, or you would like to get the very latest version of Node.js, then you can also build Node.js from its source. Be warned though, this process is often fraught with danger, since the source often needs some dependencies on the system to build.

Building on Linux or Unix

To build on a Linux or Unix environment, you need to make sure that you have the following source dependencies installed:

  • Python–Version 2.6 or Version 2.7: You can check if you have Python installed and also check which version is installed by entering python --version in the command prompt.
  • libssl-dev: This can usually be installed with the built-in package ...

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