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Old 09-14-2003, 11:35 AM   #1
Jeff Foster
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Need help with "Make" command


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?
 
Old 09-14-2003, 11:37 AM   #2
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If you can give us the full complete output, we might be able to determine what the problem is. Possibly you don't have make installed, etc. But not totally for sure.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 12:51 PM   #3
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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.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 12:57 PM   #4
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In most cases it is as easy to do just a 'make'. Are you sure your not getting any errors during ./configure ? I would think by the error your recieving, its a problem during ./configure.
 
Old 09-14-2003, 01:00 PM   #5
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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 )
 
Old 09-14-2003, 01:05 PM   #6
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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.
 
Old 09-15-2003, 01:35 AM   #7
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im a newbie as well so i dont know if this is totally correct
when you go ./configure it checks if you have the thingys so that it can run the make command

maybe your missing something and that is why you ./configure isnt totally working
when you do the ./configure it usually say some stuff and then yes or no
check what your missing in the no bits

p.s newbie as well so i dont know if this is right or not
 
Old 09-15-2003, 12:53 PM   #8
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Chetamp:
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.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 12:44 AM   #9
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if you need help with gaim reply and i can help you out. i've successfully installed that program from source on several occassions
 
  


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