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Old 12-01-2008, 09:10 PM   #1
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Need help compiling and installing??!?!?!??


I am a complete noob to linux so sometimes i think windows has left me dumb because it makes everything so simple that im too lazy to do anything the hard way.

anyway, I recently found out that in order to install most applications for linux you need to compile the software and THEN install it.

1st of all, Why is that? I see no point in that. Isnt the developer scared someone will steal their source code?

I need help doing this, this is the application im trying to install
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pspvc/
The installation process is a little hard because of the application structure. Theres an install executable in the top folder, and an archive folder with a bunch of other sources like the video ffmpeg codec and something else.

Do i have to compile each and every one of those separate applications to install the entire thing?

basically its a program to convert videos for my psp but i cant seem to be able to install it. The entire documentary on this website http://www.control-escape.com/linux/...stall-tar.html is a little hard to understand because it has no directions whatsoever in what to do when installing, it just tell you how it works. So this is why i need personal help.
 
Old 12-01-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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anyway, I recently found out that in order to install most applications for linux you need to compile the software and THEN install it.
Where did you find this information??

Actually, it's just the opposite: Almost all Linux software is available thru the package manager for your distribution and does NOT require you to compile anything.

Tell us what distro (version) of Linux that you are using.

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Old 12-01-2008, 09:41 PM   #3
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Hi, welcome to LQ.

There is a fantastic search function here at LQ that can save you waiting time when you need an answer fast.

This is a very popular question...Google?

First download the package, unpack the package (using tar, examples from the web page you list)

cd to the directory of the program.

read the readme and anything else looking for any special instuctions

type ./configure

type make

type make install (you need root access to install)

You should be able to find the program in the start menu or by typing

the program name in a shell.

find where the files are installed,

locate (program)

see how you go.

Regards, Glenn
 
Old 12-01-2008, 10:03 PM   #4
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Where did you find this information??

Actually, it's just the opposite: Almost all Linux software is available thru the package manager for your distribution and does NOT require you to compile anything.

Tell us what distro (version) of Linux that you are using.

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It really comes down to the distribution that you use. Some distros (most of then anyway) offer a wide range of precompiled packages. You rarely need to compile anything. Other compile from scratch, but these are only a few, and you rarely have to make everything for yourself unless you are using Linux From Scratch. I think that you just need to learn to use the package manager for your distro.

Read the basic documentation that your distro offers. It should explain how to install software without problems. You should always use the package manager of your distro unless you have no alternative. Otherwise you will end up with lots of stuff that you will not be able to track, patch, fix, uninstall, etc.



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1st of all, Why is that? I see no point in that. Isnt the developer scared someone will steal their source code?
Welcome to the world of Open Source. That's the idea, to let everyone "steal" your code, and do the same yourself.

So, before starting something complicated, try your package manager and look for the app you want there.

Last edited by i92guboj; 12-01-2008 at 10:04 PM.
 
Old 12-02-2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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sorry i forgot to include that part, im using ubuntu linux 8.04

well, its not the newest anymore.

and yes, i did use google to do all this, thats how i found out you had to compile and install applications first, of course ubuntu comes with its own application manager and i do use it, sometimes i just want to install third party applications not included in the application manager.

no, i have not tried the search function but then again it helps to be updated from 2 years ago right?

Last edited by Tl12000; 12-02-2008 at 10:21 AM.
 
Old 12-02-2008, 05:14 PM   #6
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This thread is the same question you asked at
http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.p...orum_id=535914

That discussion seems to have gotten a little further than this one.
So any experts tempted to help more here might want to check there for info and/or to avoid wasting effort.
 
  


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