Installing devx (gcc/g++) on precise puppy 5.4 full install
ok so thanks much for the assitance. the links provided useful (however not conclusive) information. Since posting i have managed to work out the problem.
so to answer my own question for the sake of solving the thread.
when using precise puppy (v5.4) as a full install(not frugal ie: pupmode=2)
and when attempting to obtain a c/c++ compiler
step 1: run the puppy package manager
step 2: at the bottom there is a buttin to obtain .sfs files from the official repository, click it.
step 3: select the devx radio button
step 4: select the desired server to download the files from (i recommend you text the URL's first. this will download the .sfs file for the devx package (which includes gcc and g++) it may or may not automatically install.
step 5: if SFS Load does not start on its own- navigate to the folder where the file was downloaded to (for me it was /) and left click it.
step 6: you will be presented with a dialog asking if you want to view the files or install them click install.
step 7: the installer will claim that it is experimental in pupmode=2 (scroll down for more information). do not worry about this as you have obtained the sfs file from the puppy repository and it DOES WORK.
step 7: wait... when the installer is finished it will claim that some files may not have been copied. although this is true it only does so because the files are already installed. there is no need to copy them.
testing to make sure it worked:
open a bash prompt and type
if it says "fatal error: no input files" then the install worked
if it says something like invalid command, it didnt work and i appologize but i dont know what the problem is
all this means is that your running a full install, any other pupmode is most likly running in frugal or live. there is no way to chage this without a full reinstallation
where i went wrong: i assumed that the dialog about some files not being copied meant it didnt work. after further investigation i realized that the files didnt need to be installed because they were already there. i tested it on some code and wham bam shazam it worked