Originally posted by newbie45
I have no idea what that means? explain please.
Each file contains a timestamp of when it was created. "configure" was making sure that newly created files have timestamps that are after the files that the package included. This is important to the compilation of programs. Either your system clock is in the past (aka your computer think's its 2002, or the like) or the files you downloaded were incorrectly timestamped (aka they were 'created' in 2004).
The system clock is the thing that keeps track of the date and time. GAIM is refusing to fully configure itself because you don't have the date and time set correctly on your computer, most likely. To remedy this, right click on the clock in the lower right part of your screen... and then I believe you click "Adjust date and time". It will bring up a dialog allowing you to change the date and time!!! Set the date and time to the correct date and time. Then try ./configure again.
If you still get the error "newly created file is older than distributed files! check your system clock" then it's the files you downloaded, not your clock. This would be unusual... but the way to fix that is to 'touch' all the files. I'm typing this from a windows box at the moment, so I can't lookup the man page for touch, but I believe you will fix your problem by typing "touch -r *" (without the quotes) before you type ./configure . If you use this method, you may have to type "make clean" after configure, but before the bellow commands. It shouldn't hurt, in any case.
I believe from there using the tarball (I used the rpms) you then type "make" and then (as root) "make install". If you get no errors, you can then type "gaim" to launch gaim. You may need to make your own icons... I'm unsure. I believe from there you can delete the folder on your desktop.
Hopefully this helps. if "touch -r *" dosn't work (aka touch gives an error like '-r unrecognized' you can type:
and so forth until it says something like "*/*/*/*/* : file not found". You could also look up touch in your man page ("man touch") and search for 'recursive' ("/recursive").