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When you type make, you build the binary, so it is enough to use Sage.

When you type make install, it does not do anything since you have to set a DESTDIR environement variable. The aim of this command is to copy the content of your Sage directory to some specified directory and to symlink the sage binary in some drectory that may belong to your PATH. This allows you to launch Sage by just typing sage instead of having to go to the Sage directory and to type ./sage

As it is experimental, i would not advise to use make install.

If you want to have the sage command in your PATH, is suffice to symlink it by hand to /usr/local/bin, by typing:

sudo ln -s /path/to/command/sage /usr/local/bin/sage

If such a symlink exists (from a ), you should first remove the old one:

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/sage