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Old 02-24-2008, 04:34 AM   #1
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econf failed

I apologize for the categorization, but I wasn't sure which one this should go in and this *is* about my laptop, so I suppose this is still appropriate.

I just recently installed gentoo on my Acer Aspire 5050-3785 using the "quick install" guide:

During the install I apparently forgot to setup USE flags, so cairo was built without the X flag. It took me a while to realize the exact problem, but I eventually fixed it by setting up USE flags and re-emerging cairo. Now most things install perfectly, but when I try to install any GUI it tries to install x11-libs/gt+-2.12.5-r1, which returns the following error:

The main parts of the error message that (I think) are relevant:

#configure: error:
#*** Can't link to Pango. Pango is required to build
#*** GTK+. For more information see


# * The die message:
# * econf failed

I don't know what "econf failed" means and extensive googling has shown very little, but a lot of people appear to have had this problem when trying to emerge GTK. I attempted to emerge pango per the first set of messages and got this error:

This error message is even less helpful (at least to a n00b like me):
* The die message:
* compile failure

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:05 AM   #2
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Hi again.

Shortly after posting here I started getting a bit more specific in my searches and ended up with the following two threads in the Gentoo forums:

They basically boil down to running the following two commands:

emerge gentoolkit

This detected a lot of broken somethings (scrolling too fast for me to tell what they were), re-emerged them, and then when it was done I was able to run emerge gtk. It's still compiling, but it got past the point where it was returning an error, so I think all is well. I hope this helps someone.
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