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What was the output of the configure script? Usually a makefile isn't generated when there's something wrong (e.g. missing library or compiler) and configure tells you as much. What are you trying to install anyway?
Mepis is based on Debian, so you should be able to do something like "apt-cache search glib" to search for packages with glib in the name (presumably, I don't use Debian so can't say for sure) and the install the relevant package(s) with "apt-get install package".
Edit: I'm guessing you don't have GNOME installed then? If you did, you'd definitely have GLib.
OK, does the config.log file say why glib failed? If it simply could not find it, run ./configure --help. Look for an option to specify where to look for glib (maybe --with-glib=GLIBPREFIX or something). If it is another error then post it and maybe someone will know the answer.