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i have no idea HOW to compile software but i sort of know what its for....but i'm just curious, is there an automatic compiler of some sort....please don think i stupid i just want to know....or if anyone can give me a link to how to compile softare it would be appreciated.
read the README or INSTALL file that comes with the software.Usually it tells you everything needed to install and compile the program.Typically a standard compile is just
make install ( as root )
ok then basically you would do these steps saying you downloaded a file called gaim-0.50.tar.gz to your users home dirrectory.
tar xvf gaim-0.50.tar.gz
Sometimes you may have to throw in a z as well, like tar xzvf...
this will create a new directory most likely called gaim-0.50
Then your done in most cases. But always read the README and INSTALL files within that new directory after extracting all the files as there might be some parameters you can pass while issuing the ./configure command or the such.
The easiest way to view files is to issue the command:
You can also use less instead of more... either one allows you to scroll up and down to view the file.
Hope this clarifies a bit more.. If in doubt view the man page for a command, read the glossary terms and or ask here for any other specifics.
also when i tried installing gaim 0.59 and some other software i get a his does not look like a tar archive error thing that comes up, but they are .tar.gz and i tried doing xvjk and that didn work either
Originally posted by GT I.N.C why is it when i install Mesa 4.0....i did the ./configure....it printed some messages on the screen....but after that i couldnt do a make or make install....it said command not found??
Install the "make" package that should have come with your distro.
Originally posted by GT I.N.C also when i tried installing gaim 0.59 and some other software i get a his does not look like a tar archive error thing that comes up, but they are .tar.gz and i tried doing xvjk and that didn work either
(1) xvzf for tar.gz, xvjf for tar.bz2
(2) Don't tell us what the error "doesn't look like", post the actual error!