thanks for the reply.
I'm running Mandrake 8.2
Unfortunately I'm not on my linux box till later this evening.
I'll try and run an upgrade of packages later.
I did notice that sometimes with mandrake that it doesnt always install everything you request when running in recommended mode. ( this was on MD 8.1 ).
So I run expert, that seems to do the trick.
It may be that this is still an issue. with 8.2 as well.
I've got my machine running pretty well now, even to the point of not using windows, so I dont want to redo everything.
Basically, I just need to get some cd burning working, but this compiler error is holding me back.
I've got all the programs required ( cdrecord etc.)but the front ends ( kreate, xmp3burn etc.) all have problems. ( haven't tried console mode yet)
I've tried to delete these folders but now get permission errors.
So I know that part of the install has worked. My feeling is that i've not loaded something correctly, or that i've partially upgraded something.
anyway thanks for your time so far, I'll let you know how i get on