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Old 03-29-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
vree13
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What is bc?


I am trying to update XScreenSaver from 4.12 to 4.15. when I run configure, i get this error:

configure: error: Your system doesn't have "bc", which has been a standard
part of Unix since the 1970s. Come back when your vendor
has grown a clue.

while amusing, it's not very helpful. I'm running Mandrake 9.2 and have all my software, bugfixes, and security updates... what am i missing here? can anyone tell me what "bc" is?

thanks!
 
Old 03-29-2004, 03:15 PM   #2
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Why not search google for it? That's got to be quicker than waiting for a reply on here!! bc is a calculator. You enter expressions, it gives the results. Look, here's it running on my machine:
Code:
bc 1.06
Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
For details type `warranty'. 
12 + 13
25
12^4
20736
 
Old 03-29-2004, 03:17 PM   #3
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Or look at your package manager.

Or have a browse at
http://rpmfind.net
if you really have to use an RPM based distro ;)


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-30-2004, 09:40 AM   #4
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thank both of you.

the google search was difficult because "bc" is pretty vague and i wasn't sure what to add in to the search since i didn't know what it was!

looking at rpmdrake, i was able to find it. i appreciate the nudge in the right direction. i'm still learning how to find all this stuff!

thanks again.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 12:01 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by vree13
the google search was difficult because "bc" is pretty vague and i wasn't sure what to add in to the search since i didn't know what it was!
Yes, but searching for 'linux bc' find it as one of the top matches. Just takes a little common sense.
 
Old 03-30-2004, 04:40 PM   #6
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Re: What is bc?

Quote:
Originally posted by vree13
I am trying to update XScreenSaver from 4.12 to 4.15. when I run configure, i get this error:
configure: error: Your system doesn't have "bc", which has been a standard
part of Unix since the 1970s. Come back when your vendor
has grown a clue.

LOL, those Xscreensaver developers have a sense of humor......LMAO
 
Old 03-30-2004, 05:16 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by vree13
thank both of you.

the google search was difficult because "bc" is pretty vague and i wasn't sure what to add in to the search since i didn't know what it was!

next time when u search for linux in google go to www.google.com/linux
~ Jods
 
  


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