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Old 06-19-2013, 03:32 AM   #1
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Can't Install GLib -- Error while compiling

I'm new to Linux but it looks like I'm in the right place. I'm dealing with a bunch of dependencies after trying to install the mp3 software "Xmms" and after installing zlib, autoconf, and automake (I think incorrectly), I'm now trying to install glib-2.36.3.

I downloaded the tar file and extracted the folder.

Opened my terminal and entered:


It seem to run properly as far as I could tell.

Then entered 'make' in the terminal as I was instructed and it compiles for quite a while (I'm on a netbook) before finally responding with

/usr/bin/msgfmt -o ./de.po; \
/bin/mkdir -p de/LC_MESSAGES; \
cp -f de/LC_MESSAGES
make[6]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/gio/tests'
make[5]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/gio/tests'
make[4]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/gio/tests'
make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/gio'
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/gio'
Making all in po
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/po'
make[2]: Nothing to be done for `all'.
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/po'
Making all in docs
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs'
Making all in reference
make[3]: Entering directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs/reference'
Making all in glib
make[4]: Entering directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs/reference/glib'
 cd ../../.. && /bin/bash /usr/local/glib-2.36.3/missing automake-1.13 --gnu docs/reference/glib/Makefile
/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/missing: line 81: automake-1.13: command not found
WARNING: 'automake-1.13' is missing on your system.
         You should only need it if you modified '' or
         '' or m4 files included by ''.
         The 'automake' program is part of the GNU Automake package:
         It also requires GNU Autoconf, GNU m4 and Perl in order to run:
make[4]: *** [] Error 127
make[4]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs/reference/glib'
make[3]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs/reference'
make[2]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3/docs'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/local/glib-2.36.3'
make: *** [all] Error 2
I ran automake --version and get
automake (GNU automake) 1.11.6
Copyright (C) 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv2+: GNU GPL version 2 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

Written by Tom Tromey <>
       and Alexandre Duret-Lutz <>.
I'm not sure how to proceed. Any ideas? Thanks!
Old 06-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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WARNING: 'automake-1.13' is missing on your system.
Make is looking for automake version as listed, but you have automake (GNU automake) 1.11.6 installed.

You need to upgrade automake to version 1.13 or higher.
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It's always a good idea to mention what distro you're using some we can give you more specific help for your problem. Is there any special reason why you want to compile xmms yourself rather than simply installing the binary packages?
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Xmms is not using / cannot use glib-2.36.3 .
Xmms is based on the "old style glib / gtk" : glib-1.2.10 / gtk-1.2.

Xmms2 uses glib-2.xx / gtk2

Glib-2 is always installed by default on any Linux OS.
→ You are probably just missing the development package.

Glib-2.36.3 : Not a good idea to use "tomorrows version".
And some of your applications may not work with a version
different from the default installed.


Last edited by knudfl; 06-19-2013 at 02:48 PM.
Old 06-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #5
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Found it in Package Manager

Thanks for your replies. I'm using Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon. I've tried many distros over the years and would eventually tire out from the learning curve of Linux, but I'm finding LM pretty friendly to a a beginner like myself.

Anyway, I found Xmms2 in the Synaptic Package Manager and installed it successfully. I didnt like it much anyway though and removed it. I went back and installed Auto make 1.13 anyway. I must have forgotten to compile it because I had the files already.

Another learning experience with Linux! Thanks!
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Sorry: Moved to a new thread.

Last edited by adelabarra; 06-26-2013 at 07:17 PM. Reason: Rules say I cannot post on others people thread.


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