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Old 07-24-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
dpottinger
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Question Makefiles and Me


A friend suggested that I should try asking for help on these forums, and that is what I'm doing. The first thing anyone who might want to try and help me out would probably need to know is that I'm not actually using linux, but Cygwin. Going to www-dot-cygwin-dot-com could probably explain it better than I ever could, but it's basically a linux environment inside windows. I'm currently too far underage to make my own OS decisions, so I cheated.

But cygwin isn't working too great. I tried to 'make' something (yes, it had a makefile), and all I got was "bash: make: command not found." Don't ignore the rest of this message and tell me "RTFM!" yet. I already did a search in these forums for similar problem, and tried to get the GNU make software for my brand new shiny cygwin download. Then my computer told me "Configure: Error: No acceptable C compiler found in $PATH."

I never downloaded anything other than everything on the cygwin install page (and the GNU Software), and I already tried to read the manual but it didn't help much. So I'm here because a friend suggested that I should try asking for help on these forums, and that is what I'm doing.

And I still have a little hope.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 02:08 PM   #2
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Thumbs down I don't like the look of this.

Welcome to LinuxQuestions!

I'm not familiar with the OS thingy you're using, and the documentation on that page isn't helping me very much. I'm not sure you'll ever get that thing up and running the way you expect it to, nor should that shakey piece of software be considered a good representation of what Linux is really like, and seeing as how it isn't really a Linux environment per-se, its unlikely many people will know much about it. Have you tried using a Live-CD distro? I recommend you try out DamnSmall Linux. It runs 100% off of a CD, and never touches you hard-drive. (Great if you share the computer in question with others. i.e. At work, family PC, etc.)
 
Old 07-24-2004, 02:39 PM   #3
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Re: I don't like the look of this.

That sounds quite impressive, maybe I'll try it. Maybe I shouldn't have asked here about cygwin, but I'm really running out of places to ask. I've heard about a lot of people succesfully using it, though. Maybe it's just propaganda. It does use linux-type commands, and I can use it to override stupid windows things when deleting files, but I can't get it to do much more than that. I'm really fascinated by all that is linux, the main reason why I tried cygwin was because I didn't have to spend any money towards learning about it.

Maybe it isn't worth it.
 
Old 07-24-2004, 02:48 PM   #4
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I've used cygwin without problems. What you should be able to do is when you run setup.exe for cygwin it takes you through a steps and finally you get to choose your packages on an FTP site. This is where all your downloading and installing should be done because this is how all the environment variables are set properly and what not. If you need help on how to go about setting this up ... let me know and I'll try to explain this a little better.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 12:06 AM   #5
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Ha ha ha ha-ha ha...

I just somehow managed to get the stupid thing to do what I wanted it to... Now I feel incredibly stupid, but at least it's done...

But anyways, problem solved. And maybe if it's really a linux-type environment, then I might actually come back to these forums if I ever have a linux-type question. And if I don't then I won't.

Sorry for bothering all of you out there, maybe sometimes I wonder if it's really beneficial for me to ask help from anyone at all.
 
Old 07-25-2004, 12:14 AM   #6
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Angry I don't want to hear that out of your mouth again.

Thats not the right approach to have, don't just leave! Feel free to come back anytime you wish, even just to chat. The Linux-Questions forum members are all nice people to talk to, you can ask pretty much anything you want and get a straight answer. You can ask all those "stupid questions" you've got pent-up without being embarrassed, trust me; I do it all the time.

Congratulations on your success, though, remember to stick with it. Linux is great in every sense of the word, you just have to be willing to learn. Good luck!
 
  


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