How would I go about installing bitcoind to a specific directory in ubuntu? https://gist.github.com/rjmacarthy/b56497a81a6497bfabb1 I'm following that instruction but it downloads to .bitcoin by default and I want to change to somewhere else

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You need to add the -datadir={dir} parameter to your command line.

A full list of command line options is available if you key bitcoind --help

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