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Old 04-24-2003, 01:18 PM   #1
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Distribution: Mandrake 9.1 (Bamboo)
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Question Perl problem with Mandrake, anyone else experienced this?

Hi all Mandrake users. I've been experiencing a problem compiling programmes that require perl .. such as xchat and gaim. I was able to finally compile this with the help of a good person here on the forum, by disabling perl when configuring. But I would still like to understand what's wrong. I found a similar problem listed in this site:

This person can't find a file called perl.h and niether can I.. I had some other missing files listed when I tried to compile some programmes (eg. xchat & gaim).

Is this distro specific? Has anyone else experienced this? And if so how did you fix it? Thanks for reading

This may be of help describing my problem:

perl.c:116:20: EXTERN.h: No such file or directory
perl.c:118:18: perl.h: No such file or directory
perl.c:119:18: XSUB.h: No such file or directory
perl.c:122: parse error before '*' token
perl.c:122: warning: type defaults to `int' in declaration of `my_perl'
perl.c:122: warning: data definition has no type or storage class
perl.c:128: parse error before "CV"
perl.c: In function `execute_perl':
Old 04-24-2003, 04:02 PM   #2
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i use MDK9 and have not had a problem with anything like this but that may be due to the fact that i write perl scripts at home and when i installed perl i looked for anything and everthing that had the word perl in it and installed it. that probably wasn't the guru'ish thing to do but i am not a guru.
Old 04-24-2003, 04:09 PM   #3
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Instead of disabling perl when compiling, install the perl libraries, headers and development source files to properly compile/install anything which requires them in the future
Often installing a few development packages solves the problem
Old 04-24-2003, 07:16 PM   #4
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I thought I had the perl packages installed, apparently I didn't.. so I'm installing everything now (I hope) hehe thanks for replying joesbox & Proud
Old 04-24-2003, 07:46 PM   #5
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When I onstalled mdk9.1, I installed all of the developement packages, including perl. So, no problems installing gaim.


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