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It is amazing to me that you would expect me to know as much as you do about this stuff, Acid. I have already admitted that I am ignorant in this area. Where EXACTLY do I type the 'oh, so obvious instructions' from the web site?
I am asking for help, not someone to make me feel like an idiot.
hey hey, calm down bud. i was just looking around the download site and GENUINELY found myself looking at that page. let's not get off to a bad start. Nothing is amazing, and i certainly am not implying anything about what you should know.
right click on the tar.gz file,select extract, than will unpack the archive, in the same directory as the tar.gz file. click on the xboard directory. there should be a readme, or install.txt file. read that for install instructions. open a terminal / konsole and cd /to/the/directory/of/xboard/ and enter the commmands from the readme. normally it's ./configure, make, su root <password> make install,make clean. but the readme will say exactly.
Ok, I did as per the instructions on the site. It 'unpacked' the program into /home/tom. However, I get some errors with the configure command and the make and the make install command. It looks like this:
[tom@dhcppc0 tom]$ cd xboard-*/
[tom@dhcppc0 xboard-4.2.6]$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME
creating cache ./config.cache
checking for gcc... no
checking for cc... no
configure: error: no acceptable cc found in $PATH
[tom@dhcppc0 xboard-4.2.6]$ make
make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.
[tom@dhcppc0 xboard-4.2.6]$ make install
make: *** No rule to make target 'install'. Stop.
That is what i get at the end of the Shell - Konsole
looks like you need to install a compiler and/or development packages first. browse around your RH discs or start your fav. package manager (kpackage, gnorpm, etc) look for gcc. (Gnu Compiler Collection).