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hmm... did you have gaim open when you tried to install? Maybe file couldn't overwrite one or something...
here's my history of how I installed it...
1009 tar xjvf gaim-0.70.tar.bz2
1010 cd gaim-0.70
1014 make install
try it again... it won't hurt anything...
Should I be running / compiling from a certain location? As of now I just unpacked it in my personal directory ~/user.name/downloads/gaim-70/
I run everything from that point & as far as I can tell it installs fine.
I run the installation (./configure, make, make install) as root. After that I exit (su -) and run 'gaim' as myself. Still no luck.