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Old 06-23-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Help! new user to linux


Hi - ive been thinking about switching to linux for some time now, and finally decided with the release of win4lin pro (which emulates winXP) that I would take the plunge. ( luckilly I have windows on another hard drive)

What I was afraid would happen, did happen.

How do you start installing anything? Is there a pre-required download of "essential files" somewhere that I should know about?

I'll explain what I'm talking about. Every program I have run into has other programs that is requires before it can install. Like trying to Install Python 2.0. Pretty basic program, used for lots of other programs, right? Well, I cant install that, because the outcome of ./configure says it needs a C compiler
Code:
checking MACHDEP... linux2
checking EXTRAPLATDIR...
checking for --without-gcc... no
checking for --with-cxx=<compiler>... no
checking for c++... no
checking for g++... no
checking for gcc... no
checking for CC... no
checking for cxx... no
checking for cc++... no
checking for cl... no
checking for less-gcc... no
checking for gcc... no
checking for less-cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for cc... no
checking for less-cl... no
checking for cl... no
configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH
See `config.log' for more details.
where does it end?? Oh did I mention that the only reason I am trying to install Python, is that is required for another program. (another helper program to install the original program i set out for)

Does anyone have any ideas where to start with this problem? It seems like i am just chasing around the bush here.. If i had know i would be spending hours chasing around the net getting other programs to install the programs that let me install the original program i had set out for, that would have been nice.

any help would be Greatly appriciated.
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:00 PM   #2
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What Linux distribution doesn't ship with a C compiler?
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:06 PM   #3
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guess

Yay! its Red Hat Fedora Core 4
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:26 PM   #4
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Well how the hell did that happen? So weird.

Anyhoo... You'll need to install a C compiler, of course. One of the most commonly used ones is Gnu C Compiler (gcc in your "configure" checklist), and that *shouldn't* have any requirements to install it (as a package). I'd also suggest moving to a non-broken distro like Slackware.
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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A lot of these programs will be on the installation disks. See the redhat/fedora help sections for how to install the rpms from the cd's.
What's win4linpro?
 
Old 06-23-2005, 09:35 PM   #6
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win4lin - like wine only works without problems.... operates macromdia and adobe products on linux

and you are correct, it seems some of the required files are on the CD .. BUT

it tells me "Fedora Core 4" Disk 2 needed to install packages ... insert disk and press OK...


well..

I INSTALLED FROM THE SINGLE DVD

yea. wtf is right.
 
Old 06-23-2005, 10:06 PM   #7
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you should look into using yum for fedora core. Not that installing from source is a bad thing, but you may not want to spend every second of your time doing it. Basically yum is an updater program a little like apt for debian, urpmi for mandrake, or pacman for arch. It'll search repositories for newer rpm's and update your system accordingly. Plus, you can install fresh packages from the repos too, meaning you don't need the cd's.

Check out

http://www.fedorafaq.org/#installsoftware

you should already have the yum package.
 
Old 06-24-2005, 01:04 AM   #8
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Since you're an absolute newbie, install with Mandriva on your first. Make sure you add the Development section of packages on the initial installs. This will aid in a lot of future problems. You can then start using urpm to download and install any programs you like and keep problems like you described to a minimum.
 
Old 06-24-2005, 01:14 AM   #9
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http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/fedora...-guide-en/fc4/
 
  


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