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Old 07-23-2004, 05:00 AM   #1
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build and configure lynx

hi i just installed lynx from source and i cant make it to run these are the steps i followed:

Install Lynx by running the following commands.

./configure --prefix=/usr --libdir=/etc --with-zlib &&
make &&
make install &&
make docdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_doc \
helpdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_help install-doc &&
make docdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_doc \
helpdir=/usr/share/doc/lynx-2.8.5/lynx_help install-help

I followed all the dependencies and typed in the command which i posted above. it only apprears in a gray screen that says: looking up to- the site i t typed in. how can i make lynx work? thanks in advance

-mitch b
Old 07-26-2004, 03:30 AM   #2
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So it did compile and install normally?

If it did, it sounds like you might have a DNS problem. Can you ping internet servers? Something like (in an X-terminal)


Do you get a response? If you do not, you might have not configured DNS.

On my Rh9 system, this is done by editing /etc/resolv.conf and putting the IP adresses that your ISP provided you with for their nameservers in there, like so:


or whatever they provided you with.

Now, when you try to serve to a named internet site (and the rest of your setup is configured correctly!) any browser, including Lynx, should now first do a DNS lookup.

The reason why you probably get no response is that your browser "thinks" that it is waiting for the DNS server to respond, and will thus timeout after awhile that it cannot find the site, when in fact there are no DNS IP's for it to query.

Hope this helps!


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