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I've installed libevent on my server in the directory root/data/ and have i'm about to install memcached with

./configure –with-lib-event=/data/; make; make install

However, after running a bit I get this error saying i'm pointing to the wrong directory for libevent.

checking for libevent directory... configure: error: libevent is required.  You can get it from

      If it's already installed, specify its path using --with-libevent=/dir/

make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.
make: *** No rule to make target `install'.  Stop.

Any suggestions. I am not experience with cli so anything is help. Thanks!

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Libevent probably is not in /data/. You could try to run configure without the flag and it will often look in default locations. If that doesnt work, then supply a path, but make sure its the path to the libevent header files. – datasage Jun 23 '11 at 0:15
Why not install memcached using your server's package manager? This will save you a lot of time and effort. People more intimately involved with compiling software have already done most of the work for you. – Sgaduuw Jul 21 '14 at 10:27

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find /lib /usr/lib /usr/local/lib | grep -i

Then use directory it finds as configuration parameter.

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