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ok well i am a newbie....i have been running slackware 8.1 for about 6 days. Well i try to install stuff from the slack tarball and it comes up with an error when i try to run it (gaim and apache) ok well when i configure and do the make, make install it dosnt work either....it says that it cant find the directory it supposed to be in. I downloaded the ISO from another server and i still have the same problem. and i have installed about 10 tims in 6 days. So its not a bad install.
ok gaim for instance...i am almost 100% sure that there is not a slackware package for gaim. So i will try and give you step by step for gaim...download it to your home directory (bunzip2 version)
home$ bunzip2 gaim-0.5.8.tar.bz2
$ cd /usr/src
# tar /home/yourname/gaim-0.5.8.tar
# cd gaim
# less INSTALL (get into the habit of reading this file always)
# make install
that should definetly work on a fresh install. If not post what happens. Also alot of people say to not be root when you do a configure or make for security reasons, but just for this example should be fine.