$LJHOME environment variable.
Fortunately my shell is bash so I followed the instructions exatly and when, after adding the variable line to my .bash_profile, and running it (~/.bash_profile), I do the test line (echo $LJHOME) and get a blank line in response. It's not loading. Is there a specific location in the .bash_profile that the variable line should go? It's been over ten years since I've played with any such unix shell things.
As further proof that it isn't loading I get a line when I try to run bootstrap.pl that I have to load the LJHOME var first (not the exact error message, my own paraphrase).
Please help. I feel so ridiculous getting so stuck so early on. But the documentation is a bit... scant, in spite of it's enourmousness! :)
PS my host is hostdepartment.com They have apache and all that good stuff. Pretty awesome host for this type of thing actually.