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can anybody explain to me or direct me to another source where I can find more informaion about compiling software for Linux. I'm farely new to Linux and I'm trying to install some software [right now giFT] that does not come in rpm packages, but rather in source code. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but this is harder then I thought I followed the directions and all I got in return is a bunh of text, I have no idea if I installed the core or not. Then I was trying to install giFTcurs and it told me tha tI needed to upgrade by glib library. So I go online look fot glib 2.0 and it is also in source code. So again I do the same procedure [./configure, make, make install] get tons of text on my screen and when I do rpm -qi glib it still says I have the older version installed. Anyways, can anybody direct me to some documentation on compiling for newbies like me? Is it possible to compile a software into an rpm package? If not how would I go about keeping track of what software I isntalled and especially uninstalling something?
First: When you install something from source you won't get that on the package manager (as rpm). You surely can find glib 2.0 on rpm
go to: www.rpmfind.net
about compiling software: just this. If you don't see this pattern on the end of the proccess: "error *" where * maybe 1 or 2 usually, it succeed.