I am trying to install version 2.9.7. Congure and make ran fine. I thought I was supposed to have a joerc in my environment home, so I put it there.
But when I tried to run the binary it died saying it was looking for joerc in /usr/local/etc (which I couldn't write to if I wanted to).
Change the name of the joerc file in your home directory to .joerc and it should work.
Yikes, I can't believe I did that. You are right, of course, it worked. Thank you very much.