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I have been trying to install/compile a few programs, and have been fairly unsuccesful. I keep running across the instruction to "% make", and I don't know what that means. What is it, and how do I do it?
My point wasn't to scare you away--quite the opposite. You're installing software the hard way. Synaptic, for example, is an installer program where you can search for software, double-click it, hit "Apply" and the software will be downloaded, installed, and so will all the dependencies.
A lot of people think you have to use a .tar.gz to install a program. You don't. That was my point.
Take a look at these screenshots and tell me this isn't easier than doing ./configure and all that.
I asked what distro you're using because Synaptic isn't on every distro. SuSE uses something called YaST instead. I'm trying to help you!
Hopefully this will help. If Yum is anything like Synaptic or YaST, you should have a lot easier of a time installing QTParted than installing from source (which is the whole ./configure, make, make install thing).
That worked beautifully for two of the programs, qtparted included (Though now I don't know how to get to the program =O). However, I also downloaded XMMS, and for some reason it never would work on that. I tried the source RPM, but an error message kept popping up that said it cannot be installed with system-config-packages. So basically I'm happy, but I would like to figure out how to get XMMS to work.