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I'm having the hardest time trying to install software from tarballs. I get the same result no matter which program I'm trying to install. For example, I downloaded gaim-0.68. No problem getting it unzipped. Got through ./configure easy enough. But according to the README, the next step is "make" and then "make install." When I type "make" I get a message that says "No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop." I did ls -l and there is no makefile. What gives?
make is installed. I just think I don't know how to use it. Is it supposed to be as simple as just typing "make" at the prompt? It wants me to specify a target but I don't know how. I read the manpage on make but it was no help.
I was having trouble too installing programs from sources ( I'm a total newbie... ) but I found out that I had to run ./configure as root and then I was able to install... you should try it ( "su" in shell )
Originally posted by supermax I was having trouble too installing programs from sources ( I'm a total newbie... ) but I found out that I had to run ./configure as root and then I was able to install... you should try it ( "su" in shell )
In most cases, you shouldn't have to install or use ./configure not until you get to the "make install" command. Installing by root all the time can be a bad security practice, just a FYI for anyone else reading.
You are correct (sort of). I went back and ran ./configure again and checked for errors. It said I needed a file called "pkgconfig" (I think) and told me where on the web to go get it. I did that and she's working fine now. I still haven't got gaim working but I don't need it anyway. I just downloaded it for the practice. I did, however, download Mozilla Firebird, untarred it, configured it and got it running in just a matter of minutes. I think I'm getting the hang of this stuff.