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I'm trying to install some software. I go into the console and SU to root, do into the directory of the software I want to install, ./configure it, then get the error message that need GLIB. no problem, I go download it. try to install it and it says I need PKGCONFIG. So I install PKGCONFIG, no problems, I install GLIB, no problems, but when I try to install anything else it still says I don't have GLIB. what am I doing wrong?
Do as root "ldconfig" followed by "make distclean" in the directory of the software your trying to install, then try ./configure again. Configure leaves a file called config.cache that it refers to when you re-run ./configure and if config.cache says something is missing you will get the same error message, make distclean returns the source to the state it was in after you extracted it.
Is your system rpm-based (RH, Mandy, SuSE) ? If you got glib as an RPM package get the source package src.rpm or glib-devel-x.x.arch.rpm
About your first problem - com'n we are all started at some point., so it is not a problem rather state of being.
What are you running, KDE, GNOME, bb, windowmaker? In KDE, GNOME mouse speed is changed in control center. The best RPM place every RPM aware linux user must bookmark is http://www.rpmfind.net . Use their search option to get gllib-devel (make sure the version for glib and glib-devel match up)