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Old 03-08-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation Unable to install anything


I have problem with "make" command. Truly, this is the 6th forum where i registered to ask this question...
After "./configure" i want to run "make" command, but i got error "nothing to do", something like that.
Aniway, i am brand new to Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 release btw, and i am a little nervous right now 'cuz i can't find the answer for my questionfor a whole month!!! So, i can't figure out what is wrong in his case. EX: I want to install Compiz-config-manager in tar.gz archive... I extracted archive manualy with right click on it. The directory of compiz i put on desktop. I try to do something with Synaptic i can't click on anything cause it's with gray letters not black. I hope you guys figured this last sentence because my English is not too good.
I can't run "make", what should i do???
I don't have Internet connection at this time, but on april i'l get it.
Thanks in advance
 
Old 03-08-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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I'm not that good on command line issues neither. But are you sure that "make" is installed? Also the necessary "gcc" and stuff like that?
If not, you can install those using synaptic. (System > Administration > Synaptic).
 
Old 03-08-2009, 09:35 PM   #3
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StreetStyle,

Make sure you are in the same directory where the extracted file resides. Also, you probably need to be at 'root' to run the './configure,make and install. Do a 'google' research and read some 'howto' files on installing programs.

marvinudy
 
Old 03-08-2009, 11:57 PM   #4
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There is lot's of advice to apply here. But first---Welcome!!

1. Don't go hopping around different forums--stay somewhere and work thru the issue.

2. If possible, always install using the package manager.

3. If you run "make", it is to compile something. The compiler needs to be installed, and there needs to be a file named "Makefile".
 
Old 03-09-2009, 12:14 AM   #5
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Almost as I said. (Big grin.)
 
Old 03-09-2009, 12:35 AM   #6
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Sorry, I have re-read your question.
What you want is to install compiz, if I am right?

You went about it in a wrong way (a little).

Compiz is in the repo's, so if you want to install compiz, start the Synaptic Package Manager

System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager

and search for compiz.

Install it from there, and if you did not wrong before, all will be okay.
 
Old 03-09-2009, 12:51 AM   #7
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If it was already installed, but not active, or after you installed it go:

System > Preferences > Appearance > Visual Effects

and activate "Normal" or "Extra"

Then it'll work.
 
Old 03-09-2009, 02:21 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by marvinudy View Post
StreetStyle,

Make sure you are in the same directory where the extracted file resides. Also, you probably need to be at 'root' to run the './configure,make and install. Do a 'google' research and read some 'howto' files on installing programs.

marvinudy
Hi Marv,
Just a small correction. You don't have to run configure and make as root. You do have to run the final phase make install as root. This is just to clear up any possible confusion.
Cheers,
jdk
 
Old 03-11-2009, 07:39 PM   #9
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Synaptic can't see the archive, and when i extract the archive into a directory it also can't see any file. The archive has a "makefile" and i tried as ROOT. I'l try to post a link directing on a picture of a problem so that you guys cat see the problem... (In 2 days at least...)
I have compiz installed, wich i can see from Synaptic, but an much much older version than the one i downloaded. I have Compiz in Applications menu. When i try to run it, screen just "refresh-es" like in Windows on F5. Cause of that maybe that i don't have drvers of my AtiRADEON 9250 graphic card. I heard it's very very hard to find proper drivers for her under Linux...
 
Old 03-11-2009, 11:45 PM   #10
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First off, welcome to the community.

A couple things you may wish to try...

First is to add a repo, such as the packman.unixheads.org repo to Synaptic repos. The packman repo has a variety of updated packages for Ubuntu.

With the compiz version you currently have, remove the old version with synaptic. (I think you right+click the installed listing in the package manager and say "delete"). Then go to the directory you uncompressed the compiz package in. From here, first read the INSTALL or README file to determine if there is a different install procedure than below. Otherwise, run:

make configure
make -j3 (where the number after j would be your total number of cores+1)
sudo make install

In ubuntu, unless you have specifically modified it, the root user does not exist as one you can log into. Use the sudo command (which will ask for a password, which is your user password) in front of the install command. Afterwards, I recommend a reboot if no errors are encountered, then re-enable compiz in your desktop visualization preferences.

You may also consider the newer version of Ubuntu. I was impressed with it...

Let us know if that works for you.
 
Old 03-14-2009, 10:59 AM   #11
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I don't have internet connection at home. My ADSL provider has some hard difficulties with hardware and available ports... But, i can download files from a friend's PC. I'l try your advice @velomoose. BUT, before that i must start Linux. I (don't know how) managed to lose my Modified boot.ini file when i tryed to close some startup applications on Windows, so now, i don't hawe a prompt message on boot to choose OS... How can i return it??? When i finish this, i'l try to do what you said about compiz., THX
 
Old 03-14-2009, 11:19 AM   #12
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Hi, first of all, do you really want to install from source, i.e., compile it, or do you only want to install it? This is not clear to me. If I were you, I would not try to compile it. But if you insist on compile it, you should make a real deb-file with, e.g., checkinstall and then use the package manager. Package managers are the best thing in linux, you do not want to go without it. It is dangerous, too.

If your problem is that you do not have an internet connection, you still need to download the packages from the ubuntu repo, the deb-files and this is what you can then install, just click on it.

Lastly, are you sure, as someone before me said, that compiz-fusion is not already installed in 8.04? I am pretty sure it is.

If you really want to go with the source, you need checkinstall or equivalent. And "nothing to do" means just that. Probably you have compiled it already; if nothing in the source has changed, make will refuse to compile again. This is the very reason why people use make.
 
Old 03-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #13
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Quote:
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Aniway, i am brand new to Linux
From that, it sounds like you are trying to run before you can walk. I've been using Linux off and on for 8 years and I've only ever installed apps using the distro repositories, other repos or downloaded .debs. I don't think I've even tried (unsuccessfully) more than once to install using make etc. Maybe one day I'll have another crack at it...

In my opinion what you need to do is to get internet access sorted. Perhaps if your current provider is being difficult, get rid of them and go to someone else...
 
Old 03-14-2009, 02:29 PM   #14
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StreetStyle:

It is easier for us to help you if you provide us the Name and Version of your distro, basic info of your machine, the type of installer you have, and we know already your lack of internet connection.

From those info, we can proceed in orderly manner.

We wait.
 
Old 03-15-2009, 05:46 AM   #15
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By the way, you download Ubuntu packages here:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/
there is a search box and you have to look for your version of ubuntu.
 
  


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